Zebra Law – Finally

Zebra Law – Finally

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Zebra in a truck (don’t worry, he’s not driving, it’s in America, so the steering wheel is the wrong way round)

This blog originally had the tagline of ‘explaining the law, from arson to zebra’. In fact, one person stumbled on to our site after googling ‘zebra theme law firm‘ (although I imagine that they were disappointed).

Wanting to keep the z for zebra, but recognising the limited role that zebras play in English and Welsh law, we did change it to ‘zebra crossing offences’ – more mundane perhaps, but more likely to be relevant.

But wait! Now though, at last, we have a bit of zebra-related law news (courtesy of Garry Slapper). It’s not from the UK sadly, but from the other side of the pond (Dubuque, Iowa to be precise) where a Mr Jerald Reiter lives. He is the proud owner of a pet zebra. That, it seems, wasn’t a problem. What brought him to the attention of the authorities was his driving said zebra (along with a pet macaw) to his local bar. There, Mr Reiter had one too many and was arrested for ‘operating whilst intoxicated’.

Of course, over here in the UK we wouldn’t have a pet zebra that we drove to the pub. Of course not. Instead, we ride our zebras there. Much more healthy for them to get the exercise.

In case you were wondering whether you can have a zebra as a pet? A zebra, in common with most odd-toed ungulates, is a ‘dangerous wild animal‘ for the purposes of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. You need a licence from the council (which is not easy to obtain). Failure to obtain one is a criminal offence (summary only – with the maximum penalty a Level 5 fine). There are no reported cases dealing with zebras.

Looking at all of that, it turns out the government won’t let me have a walrus either. Spoilsports.

An Englishman with his zebra
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Dan is a barrister at 2 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings practising in crime.

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