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Animal Welfare Changes

October 11, 2018 3:07 PM

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)(England) Regulations 2018 came into force on 1st October.

Note the use of the term "activities" as opposed to "establishments" which emphasises that activities such as the online sale of pets are included.

The animal based activities that require licences are as follows:

If an applicant is running more than one licensable animal related activity, each activity will be assessed separately and set out in one licence. The length of licence may be anything between one and three years dependent on the outcome of their inspection (risk rating) and the type of licence. The star rating will be displayed on the licence, and included in the relevant Council's (Borough or Unitary) public register, published on the Council's website.

The new regulations comprise a set of general conditions in respect of matters such as record keeping, types and numbers of animals, staffing, maintaining a suitable environment and diet, monitoring behaviour, handling of the animals, protecting the animals from pain, suffering, injury and disease and dealing with emergencies.

If the grant of a licence is refused, or the licence is suspended, the operator will be able to appeal to a First Tier Tribunal, which would comprise a panel with specialist knowledge administered by HM Courts and Tribunal Service.