This law protected -any captive animal - farm livestock, zoo animals and domestic pets.
-This legislation targets anyone purposely inflicting any pain suffering and harm to a captive animal in any way.
- some acts inhumane within this law are beat, kick, ill-treat, over-ride, over-drive, over-load, torture, infuriate, or terrify any animal.
- The penalty for such offences includes a prison sentence of a maximum six months or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.
-this act was amended 2000
The performing animals act
1925 - 2020
-This act requires trainers and exhibitors of such animals to be registered with the local authority.
This is to avoid pain and suffering to performing animals
-This act targets animal trainers
-Under this act, the local authorities -police, council, who may include a vet, have power to enter places where animals are being trained and if cruelty and neglect is found, magistrates’ courts can ban or restrict the training or exhibition of the animals and suspend or cancel the registration granted under the act.
- if found guilty a fine of up to £2,500 can be given
The pet animals act
1951 - 1983
-This act protects the welfare of animals sold as pets. It requires pet shops to have a licence by local council.
-Before a licence is given, the council has to be satisfied that he animals are kept in accommodation that is both suitable and clean, that they are supplied with appropriate food and drink and protected from disease and fire.
-This law targets pet shop owners.
-pets cannot be sold on the streets.
-Penalties include- imprisonment for no longer than 3 months or a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.
The abandonment of animals act
2 January 1960 - 31 December 2006
This act makes it illegal to abandon an animal in circumstances likely to cause the animal any pain or suffering- neglect
penalties include -fine or up to six months imprisonment on conviction.
-This act targets anyone with an animal
Animal boarding establishment act
1963 - 2020
This act states that where the boarding of animals is being carried on as a business are required to be licensed by local authority.
-This act targets people including a private dwelling, of a business of providing accommodation for other people’s cats and dogs.
penalties include- fined up to £500 or imprisoned for up to 3 months, or both. you license can also be taken away if you delay or avoid inspection.
Breeding of Dogs Act
1973 - 2020
-This legislation states that any person who keeps a breeding establishment for dogs at any premises and carries on at those premises a business of breeding dogs for sale must have a licence from the local council.
-this legislation targets dog breeders
penalties include- in a term in prison in addition to a fine. the establishment will no longer then be in use.
Dangerous wild animals act
1976 - 2020
-Ensures that people keeping dangerous wild animals do so in protected circumstances that do not pose as a risk to public health or the animals.
-license must be autherised if the council see fit.
-penalties include- fine not exceeding £2,000.
Zoo licensing act
1981 - 2020
This act states that to operate a zoo to you need the authority of a licence issued under this act by the local authority for the area within which the whole or the major part of the zoo is situated.
-this is aimed at zookeepers
penalties include- You could get a fine of up to £2,500 if you run a zoo without a licence or don't follow the conditions of a licence. You could also get a fine of up to £1,000 if you: stop a zoo inspector doing their job properly.
Breeding and the sale of dogs act
1999 - 2020
-This act then sets limits on mating and requires breeding and trading records to be kept -extended from 1973. breeding dogs for sale must obtain a licence from the local council.
-This act targets business breeders
-penalties include- imprisonment- fine- business shutdown
The animal welfare act
2006 - 2020
-This act states that anyone with an animal has a legal responsibility to abide by the 5 animal needs= need for a suitable environment, suitable diet, housed with or apart from other animals, protect from injury, suffering, disease and need to exhibit normal behaviours.
- this applies to anyone owning an animal
penalties include- £20,000, a maximum jail term of 51 weeks and a lifetime ban on some owners keeping pets.