ITEM NO. 4

SUBJECT:
DANGEROUS WILD ANIMALS ACT 1976.

 

SUMMARY:
An application has been received to keep a Siberian Tiger under the provisions of the above Act.

The Tiger in question is currently housed at Longleat Wildlife Park. Due to the blood line now being too well represented in the studbook this tiger is now seen as "non-viable". As such this tiger now faces destruction unless it can be re-homed. Longleat Wildlife Park is only a temporary home for the tiger and will cease to be available after March 2002.

The applicants have worked with large cats over a number of years, they therefore have extensive experience. Officers were naturally concerned on receiving such an application, and extensive consultation took place. This involved the Police, a specialist Veterinarian, Local Member, neighbouring Local Authority, Community Council, and local people. A letter of objection has been received from the Police, and a few local residents have raised concern over the telephone. The applicants have been fully co-operative, and are prepared to undertake whatever works are necessary to ensure that public safety is protected.

The Planning Section of the Environment and Economic Development Department have been consulted on the plans. There is no requirement for planning consent for this development.

The report was deferred at the last Director/Cabinet Member meeting following the late receipt of an objection to the grant of the licence by the Dyfed Powys Police Authority.

Should the application be successful the nominated Veterinarian will be engaged to provide a detailed report on the premises following a visit and inspection of the site.

 

1.

POLICY IMPLICATIONS:
None AP

2.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:
None
DE

3.

STAFFING IMPLICATIONS:
None
G.E.

4.

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS:
The Authority may grant or refuse licence as it thinks fit. It must consider whether a licence should be granted in terms of the public interest i.e.safety, nuisance; suitability of person applying; suitability of accommodation; report from vet.
Conditions on the licence have to be imposed for specifying the keeper of the animal, the premises, circumstances when the animal can be moved and requirement for an insurance policy to be arranged.
SPM

 

LOCAL MEMBER(S) COMMENTS:
Cllr. John Gibbin has been consulted on the application and has expressed no objection.

 

RECOMMENDATION(S):

It is recommended that the:-

(i) Licence be determined following representations made by both the applicant and the Police at the meeting.
(ii) If the licence is granted then the application fee be £100, plus all veterinary fees.

 

DECISION

Recommendation Approved:

Cabinet Councillor(s)

Director(s)

 

Recommendation Approved as amended below:

Cabinet Councillor(s)

Director(s)

 

Deferred in order for the following further information to be obtained:

Cabinet Councillor(s)

Director(s)

 
 

DIRECTORATE:

Social Care and Housing

Contact Name:

R. D. Evans

Designation:

Public Health Services Manager

Tel. No.

(01267) 228736

File Ref:

 

Directorate Meeting:

Director/Cabinet Member (Social Care & Housing)

Date of Meeting:

26th March, 2002