Exhibition Animals

Gibbon mother with infant Importation of Pets and Other Animal & Animal Products into the United States

CDC. National Center for Infectious Diseases. Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.

Information on the importation of dogs, cats, turtles, monkeys and other animals and animal products capable of causing human disease. Pets taken out of the United States are subject, upon return, to the same regulations as those entering for the first time. The US government does not require general certificates of health for pets. However, because airlines sometimes require health certificates for pets traveling with them, you should check with your airline prior to your travel date.

Also see Frequently Asked Questions about Importation of Animals. It provides answers and links to pertinent regulations and documents governing such importation.


Codes of Welfare

New Zealand National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.

These Codes set out minimum standards and recommendations relating to all aspects of the care of animals in zoos, rodeos, and circuses. They provide further detail of the obligations laid out in the New Zealand Animal Welfare Act 1999.


Close-up of a male lion India: Animal Welfare Laws and Regulations

Government of India. Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Access to all current Indian Federal animal welfare legislation and rules.


United Kingdom: Zoo licensing Act 1981

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This law requires the inspection and licensing of all zoos in Great Britain.


Zoo Licensing Act 1981: Guide to the Act’s provisions

UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Guidance for zoos and their stakeholders in the United Kingdom (replaces the Zoos Forum Handbook).


Standards of Modern Zoo Practice

UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Standards for zoos in the United Kingdom that protect the welfare of animals in zoos, ensure that zoos are safe places for the public to visit and make sure that zoos participate in appropriate conservation and public education measures.