Animal Welfare – The Legislation
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes owners and keepers responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of their animals are met.
These include the need:
- for a suitable environment (place to live)
- for a suitable diet
- to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
- to be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable)
- to be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease
Anyone who is cruel to an animal, or does not provide for its welfare needs, may be banned from owning animals, fined up to £20,000 and/or sent to prison.
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 contains the general laws relating to animal welfare.
It is an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to any animal.
The Act contains a Duty of Care to animals, this means that anyone responsible for an animal must take reasonable steps to make sure the animals needs are met.
This means that a person has to look after an animals welfare as well as ensure that it does not suffer and applies to all animals.
What does this mean in relation to us?
Well straight off we will not sell you an animal if you are under 16 years of age or if we don’t believe you are able to properly provide for the animals welfare.
We will ask you questions in order to determine your suitability to cater for the animals welfare, so please don’t be offended.
Our animals receive the best in captive husbandry care and we want to be sure that this continues for them after they leave us.
If we have any doubts then we wont sell an animal.
Providing for an animals welfare is not only the law, it’s morally what any animal lover would want to do.
We strive to determine that the animals that we do sell will be provided for as we ourselves would provide for them.
Our Terms and conditions relating to animal sales
You can pay by credit / debit card or via PayPal.
Animals must be paid for in full and funds cleared prior to collection/shipping.
We appreciate that some of the snakes we offer for sale represent a sizeable purchase. We may offer you a payment plan where you pay a non refundable deposit to secure the snake you want which is typically 20% of the overall price.
We then agree a payment amount and frequency for the remaining amount.
We keep and continue to care for the snake until you have paid in full.
The securing deposit is non refundable and by entering into a plan with us, by paying a securing deposit you accept these terms.
U.K – Collection / Delivery
Our preference is for you to collect your snakes and collection is from Ludlow, Shropshire.
We are not a retail premises and collection and viewing is strictly by prior appointment only.
We do not use 3rd party animal couriers.
Depending upon your location we may personally deliver which may be for a pre agreed additional fee.
A direct door to door personal delivery is far better for the animals welfare.
We hold our own DEFRA issued Animal Transporter Authorisation Licence to enable us do so legally and will be happy to issue you a copy prior to agreeing transporting our animals to you.
We do not deliver animals for anyone else and only deliver our own animals.
We will not sell you a snake that is not 100% healthy and feeding on defrost prey items of the appropriate size. All snakes are sexed unless otherwise stated.
All our snakes are sold with both full feeding and data records and a signed photo ID certificate of origin and genetics.
We take great pride in the quality and health of our snakes and will absolutely never release any snake that we are not 100% happy with.
In the unlikely event that you are unhappy with your purchase in any way and providing you return the snake to us we will either replace with an alternative or refund your money if no alternative is available.
We will provide you with as much support as you may require either by phone or email or personal visit and will always assist you without hesitation and fuss. Our support is not quite 24/7 but its close.
CITES classified snakes will be supplied with an Article 10 certificate and will have been micro chipped if appropriate (size allowing).
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