Animal Licensing

General Provisions

 

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Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA)

Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA)The DWAA came into force in 1976 in response to the trend at the time for keeping exotic animals.  It seeks to make sure individuals keeping dangerous wild animals do so in a way that minimises the risk of escape and danger to the public. This is done through an inspection and licensing regime administered at local authority level. [Source]

 

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Description: Validity of a licence being extended from a maximum of one year to two years & new licences coming into force immediately upon being granted.

 

Description: This Order adds the following animals to the Schedule: the Argentine Black-headed snake, the Peruvian racer, the South American green racer, the Amazon false viper, the Middle eastern thin‑tailed scorpion and the dingo.

The following animals are no longer listed in the Schedule and so the provisions of the Act no longer apply to them: certain smaller primates (woolly lemurs, tamarins, night (or owl) monkeys, titis and squirrel monkeys), sloths, the North American porcupine, the capybara, crested porcupines; cacomistles, racoons, coatis, olingoes, the little coatimundi, kinkajou, binturong, cat hybrids which are predominantly domestic cat, hyraxes, guanaco, vicuna, emus, sand snakes, mangrove snakes, and the Brazilian wolf spider.

 

Description: This Order adds the following animals to the Schedule: the Argentine black-headed snake, the Peruvian racer, the South American green racer, the Amazon false viper, the Middle-Eastern thin‑tailed scorpion and the dingo.

The following animals are no longer listed (other than by way of exception) in the Schedule and so the provisions of the Act no longer apply to them: certain smaller primates (woolly lemurs, tamarins, night (or owl) monkeys, titis and squirrel monkeys), sloths, the North American porcupine, the capybara, crested porcupines, certain types of cat (the wild cat, the pallas cat, the little spotted cat, the Geoffroy’s cat, the kodkod, the bay cat, the sand cat, the black-footed cat, the rusty-spotted cat; cat hybrids descended exclusively from such excepted species; cat hybrids having a domestic cat as one parent and a first generation hybrid of a domestic cat and a non-excepted cat as the other parent, and cats which are descended exclusively from such excepted hybrids or from such excepted hybrids and a domestic cat), cacomistles, racoons, coatis, olingoes, the little coatimundi, kinkajou, binturong, hyraxes, guanaco, vicugna, emus, sand snakes, the mangrove snake, and the Brazilian wolf spider.

 

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Animal Boarding Establishments

Animal Boarding EstablishmentsEstablishments where the boarding of animals is being carried on as a business are subject to the 1963 Act, which requires such establishments to be licensed by the local authority. For the purpose of this Act the keeping of such establishments is defined as the carrying on at any premises, including a private dwelling, of a business of providing accommodation for other people’s cats and dogs.

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Pet Shops

Pet ShopProtects the welfare of animals sold as pets. The Act requires any person keeping a pet shop to be licensed by the local authority. Before granting a licence the local authority must be satisfied that the animals are kept in accommodation that is both suitable and clean; that they are supplied with appropriate food and drink; and are adequately protected from disease and fire. The local authority may attach any conditions to the licence, may inspect the licensed premises at all reasonable times and may refuse a licence if the conditions at the premises are unsatisfactory or if the terms of the licence are not being complied with.

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Description: An Act to amend the Pet Animals Act 1951 regulating the sale of pet animals.

 

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Dog Breeding Establishments

Dog Breeding EstablishmentsAnyone who breeds dogs for sale is required to hold a licence issued by the Local Authority. This legislation provides for inspection of premises at which dogs are bred, controls the transportation of puppies and sets standards connected with these matters. For the purpose of this Act a person keeps a breeding establishment for dogs at any premises if they carry on a business of breeding dogs for sale.

 

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Description: Amended and extended the provisions of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.

 

Description: Power to inspect premises, offences and disqualifications not covered by licence under Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.

 

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Performing Animals

Performing AnimalsThe welfare of performing animals is provided for in the general provisions to avoid suffering and ensure welfare in the Animal Welfare Act 2006. In addition the training and exhibition of performing animals is further regulated by the 1925 Act which requires trainers and exhibitors of such animals to be registered with the local authority. Under this Act, the police and officers of local authorities, who may include a vet, have power to enter premises where animals are being trained and exhibited, and if cruelty and neglect is detected, magistrates’ courts can prohibit or restrict the training or exhibition of the animals and suspend or cancel the registration granted under the Act.

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Riding Establishments

Riding EstablishmentsStables which hire out horses for riding or instruction must be licensed under the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970. Before a licence is granted or renewed on an annual basis, the horse and premises are subject to an inspection by a veterinary surgeon who is qualified to inspect riding establishments. Matters taken into account when licensing establishments include the suitability of the horses, feeding and accommodation for the horsessuitability and condition of saddlery, fire precautions, competency of the person operating the establishment.
 

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Description: An Act to confer further powers on local authorities with respect to the licensing of riding establishments and to amend the Riding Establishments Act 1964.

 

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Zoo Licensing

Zoo LicensingThe Zoo Licensing Act aims to ensure that, where animals are kept in caged surroundings, they are provided with a suitable environment to provide an opportunity to express most normal behavior. Zoos must comply with both the provisions of the act, and with the requirements set out in the Secretary of State's standards of modern zoo practice. A zoo is defined in the act as being 'an establishment where wild animals are kept for exhibition to which members of the public have access, with or without charge for admission, on more than seven days in any period of 12 consecutive months'.

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