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FOI 9288

Primate Licensing - 2014

Request

We would like to make a Freedom of Information request to your council regarding primate licensing.

Please find our questions in the protected document attached.

Please note that we make a request similar to this annually, but that this is a wholly new request regarding 2014 figures. There are also additional questions in the request that have not featured before, so please be sure not to forward on responses to requests from previous years but to treat this like a new request.

Response

1) How many DWA licences are currently issued in your area?
ONE
2) How many of these DWA licences are issued for primates (monkeys, apes or
prosimians such as lemurs)?
NIL
3) How many applications for licences to keep primates under the DWA Act
have been refused in your area in the last 12 months?
NIL
And on what grounds were they refused?
N/A
4) What is the cost of obtaining a DWA licence in your area (please indicate
whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?
£158 EXCLUDING VET FEES - this is for 2014
5) What is the cost of “renewing” a DWA licence in your area (please indicate
whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?
£158 EXCLUDING VET FEES – this is for 2014
6) How do you select a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner for the
DWA inspection?
We have a council vet
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)?
Between a month to 6 weeks
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?
YES
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?
YES

PART 2 – We do not have DWA licences for Primates
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: 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 any restriction 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?