||<p>The Government is committed to ensuring that zoos are safe places to work and visit,
and that there are high standards of welfare for all animals.</p><p> </p><p>The Zoo
Licensing Act 1981 sets out comprehensive licensing and inspection requirements for
zoos. Responsibility for administering these requirements rests with local authorities.
Defra supports this by providing the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo
Practice, which sets out minimum standards that zoos are expected to meet, covering
welfare and safety.</p><p> </p><p>The standards are kept under review by Defra’s Zoos
Expert Committee, a group of independent experts that advises Defra on zoo issues.
Zoos must also comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 which ensures
the safety of staff.</p>