Performing Animals Protection Act 24 of 1935

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24 of 1935

Performing Animals Protection Act, 1935 (No. 24 of 1935)


to regulate the exhibition and training of performing animals.

Be it enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate and the House of Assembly of the Union of South Africa, as follows:-

Restriction on exhibition and training of performing animals.

1. No person shall exhibit or train or cause or permit to be exhibited or trained for exhibition any animal of which he is the owner or has the Iawful custody unless such person is the holder of a licence.

Minister may issue licence for exhibiting and training of performing animals.

2. Any person intending to exhibit or train for exhibition any animal may apply to the Minister for a licence to do so, who shall grant the same: Provided that-

(a) the Minister is satisfied that such person is a fit and proper person ; 

(b) such licence shall be granted for a calendar year and expire on the thirty-first December in every year ;

(c) the Minister may if in his opinion there is good and sufficient reason refuse to renew such licence; and 

(d) the Minister may by regulation prescribe the form of such licence, the conditions subject to which such licence shall be held, and the fee not exceeding five pounds which shall be paid for such licence and for the renewal thereof not exceeding one pound.

Certificate to be issued with licence.

3. (1) With such licence shall be issued a certificate for all animals in respect of which such licence is held. 

(2) Upon such certificate shall be specified the form of training and form of exhibition of the animal or animals in respect of which it is issued.

(3) It shall be competent for a magistrate upon the application of the holder of a certificate to amend such certificate by either-

(a) deleting therefrom animals which are no longer in the possession or custody of the holder ; or

(b) adding other animals which have since the issue or renewal of the licence come into the possession or custody of the holder, or

(c) modifying the form of training or exhibition specified thereon, 

and for such amendment no charge shall be made.

Right of entry.

4. In addition to the powers conferred by any other law any police officer may-

(a) at any reasonable time· enter upon any premises or place in which animals are maintained, or kept or confined for the pur(oses of exhibition or of being trained, or of being transported;

(b) inspect any such animals or places and may fully enquire into the measures and methods by which such animals are controlled, restrained and trained, and the course of feeding of such animals ; and

(c) during any exhibition of trained animals or at any other time enter upon any premises or place or portion thereof used in connection with such exhibition in order to inspect such premises or place, the animals present therein and the conditions under which such animals are maintained, controlled and fed during such exhibition and at other times.

Obstruction of Police Officer.

5. Any person who wilfully obstr·ucts delays or otherwise interferes with a police officer in the exercise of the powers herein granted or who conceals any animal with intent to defeat the exercise of such powers, or otherwise hampers or impedes the exercise of such powers shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five pounds in addition to any other penalty imposed for the contravention of any provisions of this Act or regulations made thereunder.

Magistrate's court to have jurisdiction.

6. For the purpose of this Act a magistrate's court shall have jurisdiction and shall have the powers conferred by Act No. 8 of 1914.


7. The Minister may in addition to any other power specially given herein make regulations not inconsistent with this Act or prescribing any or all of the following matters-

(a) the form of application and information to be supplied for the granting of a licence and for the renewal thereof;

(b) the form of certificate which shall be issued with a licence and the form of amendments which may be made on such certificates ;

(c) the method and form of confinement and accommodation of any animal class, species or variety of animals in respect of which a certificate has been issued, whether travelling, or being transported or stationary ;

(d) any other reasonable requirement which may he necessary to prevent cruelty or suffering in the exhibition, training, maintenance or travelling of animals in respect of which a certificate has been granted ; and

(e) a penalty of a fine not exceeding twenty-five pounds for the contravention of any regulation, and generally for the better carrying out of the objects and purposes of this Act.


8. (1) Any person contravening the provisions of this Act, or any regulation made thereunder for which a penalty has not been prescribed or any conditions of a licence or certificate shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five pounds for a first offence and to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds for any subsequent offence.

(2) In addition to the penalty provided for in sub-section (1) it shall be lawful for a magistrate to suspend for such period as he may determine not exceeding one year the licence of any person convicted of a second or subsequent offence under this Act or any other law relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals. 

(3) Every magistrate shall endorse upon the licence of every holder the particulars of every offence of which such holder has been convicted and the penalty imposed.


9. Nothing in this Act shall apply to the confinement or training of animals for military, police, or sporting purposes or the purpose of an agricultural show, horse show, dog show, caged bird show or any public zoological gardens, or to the exhibition of animals at a military or police tournament or a gymkhana, or at any such show or in any such gardens.

Act to read with other laws.

10. This Act shall he read as one with Act No. 8 of 1914 and Act No. 14 of 1922, and the powers herein granted unless the contrary intention appears shall be in addition to any powers granted by these Acts.

Interpretation of terms.

11. For the purposes of this Act and any regulations made thereunder unless the contrary intention appears the following terms have the meaning respectively assigned to them:-

"animal" has the meaning assigned to it by Act No. 8 of  1914 but does not include any reptile ;

"certificate" means a certificate issued and in force under this Act together with a licence and includes any amendment thereof ;

"exhibit" means to expose for show at any entertainment to which the public are admitted whether for payment of money or otherwise ; 

"licence" means a licence granted and in force under this Act; 

"licenceholder or licensee" means the person to whom a licence has been granted; 

"Minister" means the Minister to whom the administration of this Act has been assigned ; 

"police officer" has the meaning assigned to it by Act No. 8 of 1914, and includes a person duly authorized under section twelve of the said Act ;

"train" means train for the purpose of exhibiting.

Short title.

12. This Act may be cited as the Performing Animals Protection Act, 1935.


8 May 1935