Quick Answer: What Pets Are Illegal In The UK?

Can you have a pet gorilla in the UK?

On other sites, however, you could supposedly buy live chimpanzees, tigers, orangutans, bears and “toilet-trained” gorillas, all of which are illegal to own as pets in the UK.

In England, the ownership of dangerous wild animals is permitted, but the owner must obtain a license for each animal held. All cats, including the bobcat, caracal, cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, lynx, ocelot, puma, serval, and tiger, are subject to the ownership restrictions.

Are raccoon dogs legal in the UK? Since February 2019, it’s illegal to sell raccoon dogs from 2 February 2019 (except for existing ‘stock’) as they’re a highly invasive risk to native species in Europe. These regulations also don’t allow breeding and require raccoon dogs to be kept securely.

Can you own a wolf in the UK?

In the UK, hybrid wolves are legal as pets as long as they are three generations away from the wolf. They fall under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, which means wolf-dogs require a licence if you want to keep them at home.

Can you own a sloth in the UK?

The short answer is yes. You can keep pretty much any animal given you have the right paperwork, authority, housing, husbandry skills, etc etc. I do not know of any Sloths kept in private hands, only in zoos, but it wouldn’t suprise me if there are a small handful in private collections in the UK.

Can you own a zebra in the UK?

Wild animals including lions, tigers, crocodiles, rattlesnakes and zebras are being kept legally on private property across the UK, figures have revealed. Animal welfare experts have expressed concern at the findings.

Can you own a giraffe in the UK?

Giraffes aren’t ideal as pets. Giraffes also need licencing for keeping in the UK. This is considerably more expensive than your TV licence as extremely high and robust fencing is required to keep them from straying. Another condition of a licence would be that a suitable building is needed.

Are there any big cats in the UK?

A European wildcat, the Scottish population of which is the only wild cat species known to live in Britain.

Can you keep a flamingo as a pet?

A flamingo is a wild animal, and there are laws in the US against capturing wild animals and making them pets. Keeping a flamingo as a pet would put both people and the flamingo in danger. And finally, it has every right to live its life in its natural surroundings.

Can I buy a sable as a pet?

No, Sables do not make good pets. Though they look cute, they have sharp little teeth and are quite capable of delivering a painful bite. In many places it is also illegal to own one as a pet.

Can I have a bushbaby as a pet?

Bushbabies are currently on the endangered species list. This means that it’s vital only to buy bottle-fed pets who haven’t been taken from the wild to help keep them safe. There are so many exotic pets on the market, with bushbabies being one of the most popular in recent times.

Can you pet a lion?

Tigers and lions are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to purchase as pets. While import and interstate trade are prohibited, they are available in many states from captive breeders. This means it is possible to own a large and powerful carnivore whether or not you are equipped to properly care for them.

Where can I own a wolf?

Sadly, there is no federal law regarding the ownership of a wolf or wolfdog. Laws are left to be determined by the individual states. It is illegal to keep them in Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland and several other states.

In Britain it is legal to keep monkeys as pets under license, even though it is banned in other countries and primate experts say it is cruel. Now, a bill is before the UK parliament calling for a ban. It is supported by many animal experts but the government insists it is not necessary.