Keeping or training animals for exhibition licence

Activities that do not require a licence

  • Agents who organise for the exhibition of animals, but do not own them or train them themselves and thus have limited or no contact with the animals. Agents who arrange for the supply of animals for an exhibit should ensure all keepers and trainers are licensed and comply with the Regulations. 
  • Animal shows where animals are exhibited (for example Crufts, animal trade shows). If individual participants are in the business of exhibiting animals and receive a fee for doing so, they will need to have a licence, but the show itself does not require a licence as it is not responsible for the animals exhibited. 
  • Training or exhibiting animals for military or police purposes (that is, training police dogs, demonstrations of police/military dogs at fairs). 
  • Registered charities that exhibit animals as part of their charitable work, unless such registered charities are in practice running this element of their operations as a commercial activity. 
  • Training or exhibiting animals for sporting purposes, for example, horse racing and greyhound racing. 
  • Exhibiting wild animals within a licensed circus. 
  • Licensed zoos.