Wild Animals as Pets: The case for a review of the Pet Animals Act 1951 PET ANIMALS ACT 1951 Under the Pet Animals Act 1951 it is an offence to keep a pet shop establishment except under the authority of a licence granted for the purpose. The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is a federal law that was passed in 1966 and has been amended several times since then, notably in 2006. Animal Welfare Law and Policy news roundup. The Animal Welfare Act was signed into law in 1966. Noting that, the last time government bought in a specific law to regulate the sale of pets, Winston Churchill was about to replace Clement Attlee for his second term as prime minister, Ms de La Bedoyere says that the 1951 Pet Animals Act is ‘thoroughly out of date for modern times’. Act 1976 13.1 When dangerous wild animals are kept, the cages must be of a secure construction appropriate to the species and kept locked. The remit of the Pet Animals Act ends at the doors of the licensed pet shop. It is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. At Act defines the "keeping of a pet shop" as the carrying on at premises of any nature (including a private dwelling) of a business of selling animals as pets and as including the [ 28 ] The types of animals covered by the AWA account for fewer than one million animals used in research facilities each year, which leaves around 25 million other animals without protection from mistreatment. Pet Animals Act 1951 (c. 35) Document Generated: 2020-10-06 3 Changes to legislation: Pet Animals Act 1951 is up to date with all changes known to be in force on or before 06 October 2020. The Pet Animals Act 1951 - Part 2. The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) does not apply to rats, mice, fish, and birds, which account for 95% of the animals used in research. There are changes that may be brought into force at a future date. The field of human-animal bond research is dedicated to studying the health benefits of pets and human-animal interaction. “The Hunting Act 2004 has been a useless piece of legislation and therefore should be repealed.” Discuss. Changes that have been made appear in the content and are referenced with annotations. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 is a “significant improvement on previous legislation” although some changes are required “for the act to be fully effective”, according to the results of a review conducted on behalf of the equine sector. Other laws, policies, and guidelines may include additional species coverage or specifications for animal care and use, but all refer to the Animal Welfare Act as the minimum acceptable standard. It empowers the Animal Care program of the USDA’s Animal … 13.2 The local authority must be notified in the event that the pet shop wishes to offer for sale any animal on the Schedule to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act. An Act to regulate the sale of pet animals [22nd June 1951] 1 Licensing of pet shops (1) No person shall keep a pet shop except under the authority of a licence granted in accordance with the provisions of this Act. Remit “Councils are responsible for enforcing the law in this area and anyone who has reason to believe that a pet shop is keeping animals in inadequate conditions should raise the matter with the council who will decide what action to take within the range of its powers. 1951 CHAPTER 35 . Pet Animals Act 1951 .