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natashaami777
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Just seen a thread and it got me thinking.

Does anybody own a seal or sealion?
It would be pretty cool to own one but challenging at the same time to create the adequate habitat for one.
If you do please upload pics 😀

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Topic starter Posted : September 21, 2012 4:36 am
sarajeku
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Nobody here does. But you could research it for us and let us know what you find! icon_biggin.gif

Here's what I found so far.
http://www.kaycircle.com/Can-you-have-a-Pet-Seal-Legal-Domesticated-Seals

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Posted : September 21, 2012 8:28 am
natashaami777
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Nobody here does. But you could research it for us and let us know what you find! icon_biggin.gif

Here's what I found so far.
http://www.kaycircle.com/Can-you-have-a-Pet-Seal-Legal-Domesticated-Seals

I found out that the common, harbor and grey seals are legal here in the UK 😀

This is based off the governments list of excepted 'wild' animals' without having a DWA license.

'The common seal (or harbour seal) and grey
seal are excepted. '

I posted a thread under Laws&Legal issues called 'Legal List In the UK.' If you would like to look at it.

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Topic starter Posted : September 21, 2012 1:11 pm
TamanduaGirl
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Well, here the laws vary by state plus if anything is federally protected, like endangered things and birds. I don't think you could easily have a native seal as states normally ban as pets anything native to the state. I know they even made a movie about this family that did rescue and make a pet of a seal(or sealion) and they got in trouble since you can't do that but it was also a long time ago so they squeaked by, by letting him be free and come and go as he pleased. That sort of thing doesn't fly now a days because you still break the law by taming them in the first place and then letting the tame animals go they deem even worse but it was all fine back then.

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Posted : September 21, 2012 2:27 pm
natashaami777
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Well, here the laws vary by state plus if anything is federally protected, like endangered things and birds. I don't think you could easily have a native seal as states normally ban as pets anything native to the state. I know they even made a movie about this family that did rescue and make a pet of a seal(or sealion) and they got in trouble since you can't do that but it was also a long time ago so they squeaked by, by letting him be free and come and go as he pleased. That sort of thing doesn't fly now a days because you still break the law by taming them in the first place and then letting the tame animals go they deem even worse but it was all fine back then.

It's actually legal here in the UK to keep a seal, not sealion but a seal.

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Topic starter Posted : September 21, 2012 3:06 pm
Splashstorm
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I thought the UK allowed any animal, as long as you had a permit? Can you show me a list of the species they ban?

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Posted : September 21, 2012 5:23 pm
natashaami777
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I thought the UK allowed any animal, as long as you had a permit? Can you show me a list of the species they ban?

http://archive.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pe ... allist.pdf

It shows what is and what's not excepted. You can get a DWAL (Dangerous Wild Animal License) but they are almost un-heard of in the UK. We have licenses over here not permits. Basically the same thing though. To acquire a license you need to pay the license fees and then annual fees and then vet inspections and more fees on top! There isn't many wild animal breeders that fit into the category of the DWAL in the UK also.

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Topic starter Posted : September 22, 2012 5:53 am
natashaami777
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Sorry If I caused any confusion but I mean legal without any license. Smile

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Topic starter Posted : September 22, 2012 6:04 am
Elina
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It shows what is and what's not excepted. You can get a DWAL (Dangerous Wild Animal License) but they are almost un-heard of in the UK.

That is not actually the case and it varies from county to county how hard it is a acquire a DWAL. In Northamptonshire you cannot have one as there is no county vet but most counties do have a vet and so long as you can tell them about the animal, the care it requires and show them an amazing enclosure you can get a DWAL.

Unlike my firearms certificate a DWAL does not have to state on it what you are entitled to have, you just have one or you don't.

Most DWAL's are held by reptile keepers but I know a fair few people with DWAL's for mammals.

I thought the UK allowed any animal, as long as you had a permit? Can you show me a list of the species they ban?

As the OP said we do not have licenses here unless you mean the DWAL. So long as an animal is NOT DWAL and is not endangered or protected in some other way then yes, you can have almost anything.


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Posted : September 23, 2012 4:34 am
Splashstorm
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Okay, so to get this straight, if I move to the UK, I can get the DWAL for wolves, lions, spotted hyenas, and camels.

Once I get the DWAL, I can either go and get one from inside the UK, but if there aren't any, I can get them shipped to me. If they ARE shipped, they will have to be quarantined for four months?

Also here is the list of dogs and "dog types" banned in the UK:
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndComm ... /DG_180098
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangerous_Dogs_Act_1991

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Posted : September 23, 2012 9:54 pm
natashaami777
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I have attached the application form so you can all see the requirements needed.

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Topic starter Posted : September 24, 2012 12:23 pm
Splashstorm
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That's great! I think anyone who is already going to be responsible should have no problems getting this license. Why don't more people move to the UK? lol Not that I want to spread the word. I'd hate for people to realize that this "atrocity" is going on and make stricter rules.

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Posted : September 25, 2012 3:26 am
sarajeku
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It just seems too good to be true to me. There has to be a catch.

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Posted : September 25, 2012 5:41 am
Splashstorm
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I hope not. 😡

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Wishlist: Malinois, Alaskan wolf, hyena, liger (& other big cats), Arabian horse, dolphin, & much more!

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Posted : September 25, 2012 2:26 pm
natashaami777
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I've heard good and bad about the license. I haven't even tried applying yet as I'm not looking into getting any animals that fall into the DWA at the minute. Maybe in 3 or 4 years or something.

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Topic starter Posted : September 25, 2012 3:31 pm
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