Effectiveness Study of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976

A. G. Greenwood, P. A. Cusdin, Michael John Radford*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 was intended to regulate the keeping of certain kinds of dangerous wild animals in order to protect the public. This review was commissioned to determine the effectiveness of the Act, as currently administered, in achieving its aims. A major component of this review involved a questionnaire-based survey of all 410 local authorities in England and Wales. Wide consultation with individuals and organisations with an interest in the Act was also carried out. Control of the Act was transferred in February 1980 from the Home Office to the Department of the Environment (now the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)). The Schedule to the Act has been modified on a number of occasions; most notably, in 1984, when the Department appeared to change its listing policy to include animals with the potential to be dangerous, without requiring their actual danger to be established.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK
Number of pages93
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2001


  • Dangerous wild animals
  • UK acts


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