dangerous wild animals solicitorsUnder the The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, certain animals such as some snakes, ostriches and big cats can only be kept under a licence that is issued by a local authority. Animals kept in zoos, circuses and pet shops are currently exempt.  This a particularly niche area of law in which our solicitors have experience.

Proposals have been tabled to change the law on keeping dangeous wild animals that will mean ;

  • No mandatory requirement for inspection for certain replacement licences, to allow targeting of inspections where there may be concerns.
  • Local authorities will still be able to make inspections whenever required.
  • Validity of a licence extended from a maximum of one year to two years.
  • Licences will come into force immediately upon being granted.

Please visit this page to find updates as and when they occur.