Liability under the Animals Act 1971—dangerous species
Liability under the Animals Act 1971—dangerous species

The following PI & Clinical Negligence guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Liability under the Animals Act 1971—dangerous species
  • Strict liability
  • Which animals are classified as belonging to a dangerous species?
  • Who is a keeper

Strict liability

A keeper of an animal which belongs to a dangerous species is strictly liable for any damage that animal causes. All the claimant needs to prove is that the defendant was the keeper of the animal and that the animal caused injury.

Strict liability means that the claimant does not need to prove fault. The keeper is responsible for injury even if they were not negligent and whether or not they knew of the danger.

Which animals are classified as belonging to a dangerous species?

A dangerous species is a species which:

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