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The Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA) Act 1976 was introduced in response to public concern about the keeping of dangerous pets, especially big cats. Anyone wishing to keep animals listed in the act, which also include some primates and reptiles for instance, need a licence from the council.
The Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 came into force to stop indiscriminate and irresponsible dog breeding. Anyone producing five or more litters in any 12-month period must be licensed.
If your business involves looking after cats and dogs in return for payment, this is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 and you must have a licence to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the animals during their stay.
Riding stables are inspected every year, prior to the renewal of a licence, by a veterinary surgeon who ensures that all the horses used for instruction. or just for riding, are fit and healthy.
The welfare and health of all the animals is of the highest priority. As well as European Union directives, the keeping of animals in zoos is backed up by the Government's A Standard of Modern Zoo Practice.
If you wish to sell animals as pets you must be licensed by the council as there are strict guidelines for running pet shops to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all the animals.
Newark and Sherwood District Council