Closed petition Restrict the trade in, and private keeping of, dangerous wild animals

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 is inadequate to ensure welfare for animals and human safety. The Born Free Foundation is calling for a review of the law on the sale and keeping of wild animals and for greater restrictions on the trade in, and ownership of, dangerous wild animals in particular

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Freedom of Information requests to Local Authorities across Britain show the following animals are licensed to be kept privately: Nearly 300 wild cats, including more than 40 big cats such as lions, tigers, and leopards; more than 80 venomous lizards; more than 230 primates, including vervet monkeys, spider monkeys and lemurs; more than 75 crocodilians, such as crocodiles and alligators; more than 700 venomous snakes, including puff adders, black mambas and diamondback rattlesnakes

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