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Thank you for your response. Please could you review the following document section 5? (http://archive.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/zoos/documents/zoo-exhibit-guide.pdf) this clearly states that "
If the animal is kept for exhibition to the public in premises that has a pet shop licence then no zoo licence is required." and having spoken to DEFRA I believe that a zoo and a pet shop cannot co-exist as one is for conservation and one is for the pet trade. Also buy being a pet shop you are exempt from the zoo licensing act 1981 as per section Section 2 of the following document (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/69595/zoo-licensing-act-guide.pdf)
2. Extent of the Zoo Licensing Act 2.1 Section 1 makes clear that all zoos that are open to the public, with or without charge on seven or more days in a twelve-month period need a licence from their local authority to operate. A zoo is defined as any establishment where animals of wild species are exhibited to the public. Circuses and pet shops are excluded from this definition
Please could you legally clarify that this definition covers our scenario.
Thank you for your clarification, however, do you believe that there may be any instance where we "could" be deemed as a zoo and not a pet shop?
Also how would I go about getting a solicitors letter stating our case in terms for a committee hearing.
would you agree that if most animals are for sale but a handful are not for sale that we should be a zoo?