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Effectiveness Study of the Dangerous wild animal act 1976 - WP01013

Ministerial replies to public concerns about the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 have, for a number of years, pointed to the need for a review of the legislation. These concerns include the RSPCA campaign opposing the keeping of wild animals in captivity, press reports suggesting exotics can be bought in pubs at ridiculously low prices , and the Companion Animal Welfare Group’s suggestion that compliance with the 1976 Act might be as low as 1%. There has been no review, however, owing to the pressure of other commitments. Much of the work will involve researching and comparing existing legislation, much of which is little known or understood, and putting the DWA into the context of other legislation. Departmental officials will be interviewed in Home Office and Defra to seek their experience. Local authorities (a representative sample at least) will similarly be interviewed to seek their experience. In addition the Zoos Forum, veterinary organisations and other relevant NGOs will also have an opportunity to contribute their experience and opinions.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Effectiveness Study of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976   (272k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2001

Cost: £28,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
International Zoo Veterinary Group
Environmental Protection              
Nature conservation              
Wildlife conservation              
Wildlife Management              
Fields of Study
Wildlife Conservation