A cheetah, ostriches and wild boars are among the many “harmful” pets owned by residents in Cheshire, in response to a latest research.

Analysis carried out by animal welfare charity Born Free has confirmed that almost 4,000 harmful wild animals are being saved privately in Britain – together with 70 in Cheshire.

Native authorities within the county revealed to the charity that Harmful Wildlife Animal (DWA) licences had been granted for: 4 cats together with a cheetah and servals, 16 venomous snakes, 36 wild boar, three lechwe, two ostrich, two ring tailed lemur, two spectacled caiman, two scorpions and three venomous lizards.

Dr Mark Jones, veterinarian and Born Free’s head of coverage, states: “Born Free has been collating and analysing DWA information for over 20 years.

“Because the millennium the wild animal welfare and conservation charity has seen a dramatic enhance within the variety of unique pets in non-public possession, together with a 94% enhance within the variety of venomous snakes, 57% enhance in wild cats, 198% enhance in crocodilians and over a 2000% enhance in scorpions.

“Nevertheless, these figures are prone to characterize solely the tip of the iceberg. They solely document these animals being saved and registered with a DWA licence. Born Free believes that many further harmful wild animals are being saved with no licence.”

Throughout Britain, there have been a complete of 210 DWA licences granted for the retaining of three,951 particular person wild animals, which included 320 wild cats and 274 primates.

Dr Jones stated: “It’s unbelievable that, at the present time, so many harmful animals, together with massive cats, giant primates, crocodiles and venomous snakes, are in non-public possession within the UK. Rising demand for every kind of untamed animals as unique pets places homeowners and the broader public vulnerable to damage or illness.

“It additionally ends in severe animal struggling, and the demand will increase the stress on many wild populations which are sometimes already beneath risk.”

“The UK likes to say to be on the forefront of efforts to guard nature and enhance the welfare of animals, but our laws governing the retaining of and commerce in unique pets is woefully outdated.

“Whereas the Authorities’s latest proposal to ban the retaining of and commerce in primates as pets is a welcome first step, there are numerous different species that should be shielded from this type of exploitation.

“The Harmful Wild Animals Act ought to be overhauled as a matter of urgency, so as to phase-out the non-public retaining of and commerce in these species that clearly don’t belong in folks’s properties.”

Listing of unique pets in Cheshire

● 4 cats together with a cheetah and servals

● Sixteen venomous snakes together with a Noticed-scaled viper, an Indochinese spitting cobra, and a Western diamondback rattlesnake

● Thirty-six wild boar

● Three lechwe

● Two ostrich

● Three Ring-tailed lemur

● Two spectacled caiman

● Two scorpion – a fat-tailed scorpion and a loss of life stalker

● Three venomous lizards together with a gila monster and beaded lizards



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