The ‘pet’ must be an ‘animal’ and an animal for the purposes of the Act includes ‘any description of vertebrate’ i.e. mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Non-vertebrates are not covered by the Act. The animal must also be a pet which is not defined by the Act. The dictionary definition (Shorter Oxford 1933) is any animal that is domesticated or tamed and kept as a favourite, or treated with fondness. It follows that animals kept for food whether by humans or other animals are excluded from the Act.