Dangerous Wild Animals
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This licence ensures that private individuals who keep dangerous wild animals do so in circumstances which create no risk to the public and which safeguard the welfare of the animals under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. Animals which are classified as “dangerous wild animals” are identified in an accompanying schedule to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
In addition to powers of inspection, the Act also gives the Council powers to seize any animal being kept on the premises which are unlicensed. Zoos, pet shops and circuses are exempt from the provisions of the Act as these premises are subject to separate licensing conditions.
The timescale for determining this application is 56 days from the receipt by this authority of an acceptable and complete application. A vet inspection is required for the licence and is paid by the applicant in addition to the application fee.
A dangerous wild animals licence is valid from grant or 1st January until the 31st December the following year to a maximum of 24 months.
From 6 April 2007 the Animal Welfare Act 2006 came into effect. It makes owners and keepers responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of their animals are met. This includes:
- suitable environment (place to live);
- suitable diet;
- to exhibit normal behaviour patterns;
- to be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable);
- to be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease;
The law also increases the minimum age to 16 at which a person can buy an animal and prohibits giving animals as prizes to unaccompanied children under this age.
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For a valid application we require ALL the following forms/documentation in order for the application to be processed. Incomplete applications will be returned.
- The RSCPA’s purpose is to promote kindness and prevent or suppress cruelty to animals. Its work extends to concern for all kinds of animals in all circumstances, including wild, laboratory, companion and farm animals, and those used in entertainment, education and workplace.
- The Feline Advisory Bureau is a charity dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of cats through improved feline knowledge, to help everyone care better for their cats.
- The Kennel Club’s primary objective is “to promote in every way, the general improvement of dogs”.
- DEFRA’s aim is to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper. The domestic animal welfare part of the website promotes protecting domestic or captive animals from cruelty.
- The Companion Animal Welfare Council was set up as an independent advisory body to everyone on companion welfare matters.
- CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and is an international agreement stating that the import, export and use of certain species requires a permit. All of the “big cats”, all primates, parrots, alligators, crocodiles, birds of prey, plus elephants, rhinoceros, tortoises, sea turtles, many exotic reptiles plus corals and sea horses are all protected by CITES.