< > LUK9 - Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932

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Date 1932
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Brief Overview / Significance
  • Provides powers to control both the keeping and importation of certain non-indigenous species of animals which have become established in Great Britain. 
  • Licences are issued by Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (now Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)).
  • It is an offence to release animals of these species or to allow them to escape.
  • The occupier of land on which animals of these species are found must report their presence to MAFF (now DEFRA).
  • The importation of these species and of hares is restricted. 

(B223, J15.20.w3, J35.147.w1).

Grey Squirrel (Prohibition of Importation and Keeping) Order 1937

  • Requires anyone keeping a grey squirrel to have a licence to do so.
  • This includes persons keeping injured grey squirrels.


Mink (Keeping) Order 1987

  • Requires a licence for the keeping of Mustela vison - American mink.
  • Requirements of the licence state restrictions on how mink have to be kept, including the provision of a "mink-proof" boundary fence with an overhang.
  • There is no exemption for keeping injured mink without a licence.


NOTES - Amendments / Relation to other legislation

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Specific Section References

Wildpro Reference Chapter/Paragraph Title Content Page nos.
LUK9.1 Grey Squirrel (Prohibition of Importation and Keeping) Order 1937    
LUK9.2 Mink (Keeping) Order 1987    

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