Anyone wishing to sell vertebrate animals as pets in the UK is obliged to apply for a license from their local authority under the Pet Animals Act (PAA) 1951. Drafted as ‘An Act to regulate the sale of pet animals’, this is a relatively small piece of legislation that is over 60 years old and stands out as something of an anomaly against other, more recent legislation. In short, pet shop inspections can suffer from a lack of joined-up legislation. This article looks at some of the background issues of pet shop licensing and gives practical advice on how to conduct such an inspection.
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