Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925

Information about registration and the certificates you need if you exhibit or train animals for public performance.


Do I need a Performing Animals Certificate?

The Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925 requires that if you exhibit or train animals for public performance, you must register with your local authority. You will then be given a certificate of registration.

The act doesn't apply to the training of animals for legitimate military, police, agricultural or sporting purposes or the exhibition of these animals in demonstrations or similar events.

Are there any conditions to the registration?

Any person registered under the act must only train or exhibit those animals declared on the registration and in the manner declared on the registration.

Any training or performance must be carried out without cruelty to any animal.

How do I apply for registration?

You can download an application form from the related documents section of this page, or you can contact us and ask for an application form to be sent to you.

How much does registration cost?

Registration is free of charge.

Registration under The Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925 is not renewable and the registered person can keep that registration for life, unless their registration is suspended or cancelled by a court of law.

Are there any inspections relating to the registration?

Under the act, the police and officers of local authorities, have power to enter premises where animals are being trained and exhibited and may request you to produce a Certificate of Registration. If cruelty or neglect is detected they may apply to the magistrates' courts who can prohibit or restrict the training or exhibition of the animals and suspend or cancel the registration granted under the act.

Causing cruelty to animals during training or exhibition or failing to produce a certificate on request are offences under the act. It is also an offence to obstruct an officer or to conceal an animal to avoid inspection.

Related documents

The following document is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

Information on other websites