New UK Animal Licensing Regulations – Be in the Know

The new Licensing of Activities Involving Animals Regulations (England) came into force on 1 October 2018. This means that from 1 October, businesses in England involving animals, including dog kennels, pet sellers, dog breeders, those hiring out horses such as riding schools and animal exhibitors, require a licence to show they are meeting the welfare needs of the animals in their care. This means they must meet standards for:

Sufficient competent/knowledgeable staff to meet welfare needs of animals
Suitable environment
Suitable diet
Monitoring of behaviour and training of animals
Need for the animals to be protected from pain, injury and suffering
Keeping animals healthy
Emergency procedures

From 1 October 2018 every licensed business in England with activities involving animals must clearly and prominently display their licence on their premises and if advertising online.
If you don’t see the licence number, you should be wary as this may mean they are operating without a licence and so aren’t being inspected for the required standards, which may mean animal welfare is being compromised.
Report any concerns to the businesses local council.

Does your business involve animals in England?
If so, from 1st October 2018 you may need a licence in England for the following activities:

Selling animals as pets including over the internet
Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs, including:
Day care

Hiring out horses, including:
Instruction in riding
Breeding dogs, including:
Breeding three or more litters in any 12-month period
Advertising a business of selling dogs
Keeping or training animals for exhibition for educational or entertainment purposes.

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