Dan­ger­ous pets in our gar­dens

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

RATTLESNAKES, Black Widow spi­ders, wolves, croc­o­diles and even LIONS are be­ing kept in Bri­tish back gar­dens, of­fi­cial fig­ures show.

More than 100 coun­cils have is­sued licences to folk who keep dan­ger­ous an­i­mals at home, a free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest found.

Spe­cial licences are re­quired to keep crit­ters that are con­sid­ered to be wild, dan­ger­ous or ex­otic.

Iain Newby, who runs a wild an­i­mal res­cue fa­cil­ity from his home in Lit­tle Wak­er­ing, Es­sex, said: “A lot of these an­i­mals should never be pets, they should be in proper breed­ing groups to keep the pop­u­la­tions.”

The spec­i­mens be­ing kept in­clude a croc­o­dile in Stoke-on-Trent, while Can­nock Chase Coun­cil in Stafford­shire has is­sued licences for three tigers and two lions.

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