The owner/person/keeper of any animal is obliged to
- Every person capable of complying with the provisions of the subject Act, and the regulations [‘Welfare Codes’, standards and guidance] based on it, is authorized to keep animals unless they have been banned from keeping animals due to prior infringements of the subject Act or any other legislation.
- Any person who is the keeper of an animal must have the necessary knowledge and required skills and capabilities to safeguard the animal’s well-being and provide appropriate and humane management and handling. This would include ensuring appropriate food and nourishment, liquid, care, hygiene, shelter and accommodation, the opportunity for exercise, and appropriate social interaction according to the animal’s physiological and behavioral needs.
- Every keeper of an animal is obliged to ensure that he/she has access to all relevant information, advice, and education/training to meet all legislative requirements and provide for all welfare needs of any animal under his/her care.
- Every animal owner giving an animal into the care of a keeper is obliged to ensure that the said keeper has the necessary knowledge and required skills and capabilities to safeguard the animal’s well-being and provide appropriate and humane management and handling.
- Without the consent of their legal guardian minors under the age of 14 years are not allowed to obtain animals.
In addition, Authorisation of the Minister responsible the Ministry or the Competent Authority to adopt any regulations [and establish, as appropriate, ‘Welfare Codes’, standards and guidance] in this context; including, requirements for the provision of proof of skills, capabilities, and knowledge, and detailed provisions governing the keeper’s ‘Duty of Care’.