Last October, the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force.
This legislation is intended to strengthen the protection of animal welfare in businesses which work with animals. It introduces five new areas of licensing, one of which is entitled “keeping or training animals for exhibition”. Businesses which require and obtain a licence under the legislation must then comply with the relevant licensing conditions.
While it might seem unlikely that farmers would be classed as 'keeping or training animals for exhibition', Defra has said that it considers that there are situations in which farmers may be required to hold a licence. For example, farmers who charge a fee for members of the public to visit their farm for events such as livestock showing or during lambing season, may be required to hold a licence under the new regulations.
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