Who is this Course for?
This course and document pack is for anyone who is required to obtain a licence under the The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (AAL) where they use animals (including birds of prey) for entertainment or exhibition.
The AAL is a complex piece of legislation requiring you to develop and maintain numerous policy documents and to record extensive amounts of information on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis.
There are more than 70 ‘licence conditions’ that you must meet in order to obtain and then retain your licence.
We have devised a comprehensive set of 20 key documents that will, if used properly, ensure that you will be compliant – at least as far as your paperwork is concerned.
It is a requirement of the Regulations that you can produce your completed and compliant records on demand at the request of a licensing officer.
Failure to comply can be costly and may result in an AAL Licence being withheld, or refused, leading to the end or suspension of your activities.
You can, of course work through the regulations and produce your own paperwork, or you can save yourself weeks of work and use our ready-made AAL Compliance pack
This course provides you with a full set of compliant documents and instructions for their use. It will save you countless hours of work trying to understand the legislation and devising your own documentation.
This course is based upon the requirement for commercial businesses to hold a licence in order to be able to exhibit animals (including birds of prey). This requirement comes from the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations which came into force April 2019.
On completion of the course you will have acquired the following:
- an understanding of the AAL Regulations
- awareness of activities that will enhance compliance
- a full suite of documents (policy documents and recording documents) specifically designed to help you meet AAL requirements
Who needs to have a licence?
Businesses or individuals that keep and/ or train animals for exhibition (including birds of prey) on a commercial basis (i.e. deriving some income from this activity) with a minimum monetary threshold of £1,000 per annum including charities that charge fees or ask for ‘donations’ while exhibiting animals.
This can be in a variety of contexts for example:
- Educational purposes such as school visits
- Entertainment in front of an audience including remote/ electronic media
- Entertainment in front of an audience for example static displays/ flying displays
- Private parties
- Corporate events
- Other (e.g. fund raising)
This list is not exhaustive.
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Note: Raptor Awards CIC is a not-for-profit body concerned with improving the welfare of birds of prey, however, the contents of this course, and the documents provided are generally applicable to all animals kept for exhibition, and may be easily adapted for your specific needs.