Performing animals

1. Overview

It's an offence to train or exhibit a performing animal unless they're registered to do so under the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925.

The Act is designed to cover the use of animals in stage performances, at circuses, as part of exhibition and so on.

Registration is not subject to annual renewal. However, advice should be obtained from the Health and Safety team. To contact them call 0161 474 4181 or email

For further information contact the Licensing team on 0161 474 4181 or email