271. Zoo closure directions for zoos without licences.

If a local authority1 is satisfied, after reasonable inquiries have been made, that the operator of a zoo2:


    (1)     which is being operated without a licence3;


    (2)     in relation to which no exemption4 has effect5; and


    (3)     which appears to the local authority to have been operated in contravention of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 because, during the period of twelve months ending with the date on which the authority determines that it so appears to it, members of the public have had access to it on more days than permitted6,

cannot be found, it must make a zoo closure