FOI Request - Dangerous Wild Animals - Felines

Request 101001388714

I am trying to locate which councils have issued licences for the ownership of and will allow F1 Savannah Cats or Wild Cats such as servals, caracal, bobcats in the home outwith a ‘licenced enclosure’ in the UK. I am also trying to discern what your requirements are for a DWA Licence in relation to felines.

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, I would like to know the following:

1.     Are any properties/owners within your council region licenced for dangerous wild animals relating to felines?

2.     If so, does this licence extend to cover the home?

3.     If it does cover the home, what conditions must be met by the Licence-holder?

4.     What are the requirements for the licenced enclosure?

5.     Are your licence-holders required to be approved by DEFRA for transporting the cat to the vets under the “Approved-Carrying Agent Licence” which DEFRA issue to enable them to get their licence?
a.     If not, why not?
b.     What conditions do you have for the veterinary care of F1 Savannah cats/ wild animals and how do you ensure that these are abided by?
c.     How do you monitor the method in which these cats are transported from the enclosure into the home? Are there basic requirements?

6.     I would like to know what the basic requirements are for a Dangerous Wild Animal licence is in your area and what conditions MUST be met?

7.     Do the enclosures have to be sunken into the ground to prevent digging?

8.     Do the enclosures have to be built from metal or wood?

9.     Is there a minimum mesh gauge which you deem acceptable for keeping wild animals and their hybrid offspring and what kind of structure it is formed in?

a.     Does this mesh have to be doubled i.e. both sides of the wood?

10.  Do you deem a lock on a window and double doors entering the home a sufficient method of security of these animals in the home?

a.     If not, why not and what would need to be done for the home to be deemed secure?

11.  If the home is licenced for these animals – what has been done to be approved as a secure area for these cats in order for more people to gain the same licence approval.

12.  If the home is licenced for these animals, at what point do these animals have to be transported to their enclosure to live out their lives or is there no upper age limit e.g. an F1 kitten that has been weaned then has to live within an enclosure or by the age of 6 months old.

13.  What other requirements would you place on a feline DWA application for an F1 Savannah and/ or Serval?

Response 10-01-2017

1.     Yes

2.     No

3.     N/A

4.     Animal must be kept in accommodation which secures that it will no escape and which is suitable as regards construction size temperature, lighting, ventilation, drainage and cleanliness and which is suitable in the provision of adequate exercise space. Animals must be provided with suitable bedding material be adequately exercised and be visited at suitable intervals. Steps must be taken for the protection of any animal concerned in case of fire and emergency. All reasonable precautions will be taken at all times to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases

5.      No

a.     The cats are transported to veterinary care in lock fast metal cages (see 5b below). Procedures are also in place for transport of cats between local authorities (see 13 below)

b.     A protocol is  provided by licence holder relating to veterinary attendance, including provision of lock fast metal cages. There is an annual veterinary inspection at time of licence renewal.

c.     The animals must be kept in the accommodation which secures that they will not escape( enclosure).

6.    See point 4 above.

7.     The enclosures are not sunken but the enclosure was classed as suitable by a vet specialising in serval cats.

8.     The enclosures are constructed of metal and wood.

9.     There is no minimum mesh size but the enclosures  were classed as suitable by a vet specialising in serval cats.

a.     Weldmesh is used and was classed as suitable by a vet specialising in serval cats.

10.   Animals are kept in the enclosure not in the home.  Secure double doors are provided on the enclosures.

a.     N/A

11.   N/A

12.  The home is not licenced.

13.  In addition to  the description and dimensions of the accommodation to be used the following requirements are in place:

The number and sex of the animals to be kept Details of whether there is an intention to breed with the animals Details of the keeper Details of the liability insurance Declaration that applicant is over 18 and not disqualified by being convicted of an offence under relevant animal welfare legislation Veterinary report on the adequacy of the accommodation in respect of size to accommodate and exercise the animals; heating; lighting; ventilation; drainage; bedding; provision of food and drink; cleanliness; fire and emergency arrangements; infectious disease precautions public interest on grounds of safety and suitability of applicant.

The licence conditions also include the need for appropriate steps to be taken to protect any animal in a case of fire or other emergency and that reasonable steps be taken to prevent and control the spread of diseases. There is also a requirement to notify the Police in the event of an escape and  notices must be provided on any accommodation holding a dangerous wild animal indicating that the occupant is a "Dangerous Wild Animal". No animal should be kept in premises outside the Moray Council area for a period exceeding 72 hours unless notice of intention of attention has been given to Moray Council and the Authority in the area where the premises are situated.

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