259. Keeping dangerous wild animals: general.

Generally1, no person may keep any dangerous wild animal2, except under the authority of a licence granted by a local authority3. The authority may authorise a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner to inspect any premises where any such animal is being held or where it is proposed to hold any such animal4. A licence must not be granted unless such an inspection has been made and a report on the premises considered by the authority5. Where any such animal is being kept without a licence, or where any condition of a licence is contravened or not complied with, the