Under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 it is an offence to keep an animal listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act (1976) (Modification) (No 2) Order 2007 schedule without a licence from the local authority. If such animals are kept without a licence the local authority is empowered to seize and either keep, destroy or otherwise dispose of unlicensed animals. Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website has further information on Dangerous Wild Animals.
The schedule covers a long list of animals including wild boar, ostrich, monkeys and certain lizards and snakes.
The Act is designed to safeguard the community from wild animals which could be dangerous to the public. Part of the licensing procedure involves an animal welfare assessment and prior to the granting of any licence, an inspection of the animal and the conditions in which it is kept is carried out by a vet.
Licences remain in force for a period of two years.
The Act does not apply to animals kept in zoos, circuses or pet shops. For application form see below:
For further information:
Contact: Food, Health and Safety Team, Mansion House, Penrith CA11 7YG
Telephone: 01768 212491
Fax: 01768 890732