FOI Request - Primate Licensing & DWA Licensing

Request 101000265909

This request is in 2 parts.  We ask that you answer all of the questions in the first section whether or not you have any licences issued under the Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA) Act.  If there are any current DWA licences for primates in your area, please also complete all of the questions in the second section.  As of 25th February 2014.

Part 1
1. How many DWA licences are currently issued in your area?

2. How many of these DWA licences are issued for primates (monkeys, apes or prosimians such as lemurs)?

3. How many applications for licences to keep primates under the DWA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months?

And on what grounds were they refused?

4. What is the cost of obtaining a DWA licence in your area (please indicate whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?

5. What is the cost of 'renewing' a DWA licence in your area (please indicate whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?

6. How do you select a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner for the DWA inspection?

7. How much time, on average, do you spend on a DWA licence application, from the receipt of the application to the issuing or refusal of the DWA licence (including the inspection)?

8. In order to be granted DWA licences for primates, must applicants demonstrate that they meet the conditions laid out in the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Privately Kept Non-human Primates?

9. Are the resources available to your department sufficient to enable you to carry out DWA licensing satisfactorily?  If not, what solutions might you suggest?

Part 2
10. If there are primates licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences, and the most recent relevant veterinary and inspection report(s) for each licence (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured).  If no written reports are available, please indicate the date on which the most recent report was conducted, by whom, and the outcome of the visit.  If not included in the report(s), please also provide the following information.

For each licence issued for primates:
a. How many individuals of each species are covered (please provide the scientific name ie. cebus apella)?

b. What is the age and sex of each licensed primate? If this information is not kept by your council, please indicate so.

c. Where was each primate obtained? If this information is not kept by your council, please indicate so.

d. Please confirm whether any restrictions is placed on breeding of the animals licensed.  If no restriction exists, please indicate whether the existing licence would automatically cover the offspring, and until what age this cover would last.

11. Would you or someone in your department, be willing to share any further information about DWA licensing?

And who can we contact for such information?

Response 22-07-2014

1. 1

2. 0

3. 0

4. £166 not including vet fees

5. as above

6. chosen on knowledge and experience

7. 7hrs

8. N/A

9. Adequate 

Part 2

10. None

a. None

b. N/A

c. N/A

d. N/A

11. Yes

Maurice Raffan
Animal Services Officer
Maurice.raffan@moray.gov.uk
Tel:01343 563379

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