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Dangerous Wild Animals: Ashford Borough Council

Dangerous Wild Animals

The Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA) Act 1976 was introduced in response to public concern about the keeping of dangerous pets, especially big cats. The act aims to ensure that where individuals keep these pets, they do so in circumstances which create no risk to the public and safeguard the welfare of the animal.

Licences are required for any animal which appears here.

Licences are issued when we are satisfied that it would not be contrary to public interest on the grounds of safety or nuisance; that the applicant is a suitable person and the animal’s accommodation is adequate and secure.

The act does not apply to any animal kept in a zoo, circus, pet shop, or registered scientific establishment, which have their own specific legislation.

To discuss making an application please contact environmental health envhealth@ashford.gov.uk 01233 330508.

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