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FOI 3236

Primate licenses - 2012

Request

I am writing on behalf of Wild Futures to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please note that a similar request for information is sent out annually, and we are now seeking up-to-date information for 2012. We ask that you treat this as a wholly new request. Please do not forward on the information you sent to us last year, as it may now be out of date.

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 licenses issued under the Dangerous Wild Animals (DWA) Act. If there are any current DWA licenses for primates in your area, please also complete all of the questions in the second section.

As of 15 February 2012;

1) How many DWA licenses are currently issued in your area?

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

3) How many applications for licenses to keep primates under the DWA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months? If an application has been refused, on what grounds was it refused?

4) If an existing license under the DWA act lapses without explanation, what follow-up mechanisms are in place?

5) What is the cost of obtaining a DWA license in your area (please indicate whether this includes any vet fees incurred)?

6) What is the cost of renewing a DWA license in your area (please indicate whether this includes any vet fees incurred)?

If there are primates licensed in your area, please provide copies of the most recent relevant inspection report(s) for all such licenses (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured), in addition to the following information if not included in the report(s).

For each license issued for primates:

a) How many individuals of each species are covered (please provide the scientific name: i.e. 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 the licenses in your area are issued for specific individual animals, or whether they are issued for a set number of individuals of a given species without any reference to specific individuals (eg. under the second condition the license holder could theoretically replace any individual primate with a new animal of the same species, without applying for a new license, were the first animal to die).

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



Response

1) How many DWA licenses are currently issued in your area? - 2



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



3) How many applications for licenses to keep primates under the DWA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months? If an application has been refused, on what grounds was it refused? - NIL



4) If an existing license under the DWA act lapses without explanation, what follow-up mechanisms are in place? They all expire at the same time and renewal applications are sent out and a list of Applicants are kept on a spread sheet on our computer and checks are made on a regular basis when the payments are made and vet inspections done and payments for that made before licenses are issued.



5) What is the cost of obtaining a DWA license in your area (please indicate whether this includes any vet fees incurred)? - £150 FOR 2 YEARS PLUS VET FEES



6) What is the cost of renewing a DWA license in your area (please indicate whether this includes any vet fees incurred)? - £150 FOR 2 YEARS PLUS VET FEES




If there are primates licensed in your area, please provide copies of the most recent relevant inspection report(s) for all such licenses (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured), in addition to the following information if not included in the report(s). – N/A



For each license issued for primates:



a) How many individuals of each species are covered (please provide the scientific name: i.e. Cebus apella)? – N/A



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



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



d) Please confirm whether the licenses in your area are issued for specific individual animals, or whether they are issued for a set number of individuals of a given species without any reference to specific individuals (eg. under the second condition the license holder could theoretically replace any individual primate with a new animal of the same species, without applying for a new license, were the first animal to die). – N/A



e) Please confirm whether any restriction is placed on breeding of the animals licensed. If no restriction exists, please indicate whether the existing license would automatically cover the offspring, and until what age this cover would last. – N/A