The Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925
requires the person who exhibits or trains any performing animal to
be registered with a local authority.
Any person who wishes to use animals to
perform must first register and get a licence. It is an
offence to train or exhibit a performing animal unless you are
registered with the local Council, in accordance with the
Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925.
Applicants should ensure that they have taken
all necessary steps to protect the welfare of the animal and
consider matters such as possible infection and
the number/length of performances each day.
You will need to demonstrate to the
satisfaction of Council Officers:
- that the animals are obtained from a
reputable sources to minimise the risk of disease
- there are measures in place to protect the
animals in the event of emergencies such as fire
- that health and safety checks, including the
risk of infection, are carried out for both animals and
- that the registration application contains
all relevant information.
If you wish to apply for a licence please
contact the Environmental Health & Trading Standards Service on