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Petition Review and reform laws on the private keeping of Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA)

Latest research (Born Free 2021) revealed that DWA Act licences were issued for at least 3,951 animals in Great Britain in 2020; and the number kept as ‘pets’ has increased since 2000. Current legislation fails to adequately address animal welfare and takes no account of wildlife conservation.

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We are calling for a comprehensive review, leading to far greater restrictions on the trade in and private keeping of wild animals in the UK based on:

•Whether individual welfare needs can be met, and owners have the necessary qualifications and experience
•Whether trade is likely to compromise the conservation of species in the wild
•Potential environmental concerns, such as the escape of invasive species
•Full consideration of the risks to public and animal health & safety, including zoonoses.

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