How to complain about animal welfare or the conditions on a farm.
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 contains general laws relating to animal welfare under this legislation. It is an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to any animal.
The Act also contains a duty of care to animals. This means anyone responsible for an animal must take reasonable steps to make sure the needs of the animal are met. So a person has to look after an animal’s welfare as well as to ensure that it does not suffer.
The welfare of farmed animals is additionally protected by a series of regulations covering transport, farm premises and slaughterhouses. Statutory codes of guidance accompany these regulations.
The Animal Health website can offer advice and guidance on these regulations:
Animal Health (external website)
For any complaints about the welfare of farmed livestock contact the animal health duty officer by:
Telephone: (01482) 396107
Companion animals are all those animals which are kept by humans for companionship and are often referred to as pets.
If you are concerned about the treatment or welfare of a pet or wild animal, you should contact the RSPCA:
RSPCA (external website)
The council's dog warden service can also offer advice on dogs, and can be contacted by:
Telephone: (01482) 396301.
Good stockmanship is vital in the fight against animal disease. Monitoring animals for signs of disease and following good farming practices is about essential ways to reduce the risk of disease and preventing the spread of disease.
Contact the animal health duty officer by:
Contact the environmental control section by:
Telephone: (01482) 396301
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website can provide further information on working conditions on farms:
Health and Safety Executive (external website)
Health and Safety Executive RIDDOR - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (external website)
Health and Safety Executive - Farms (external website)
The Environment Agency (EA) website can provide further information on the condition of watercourses:
Environment Agency (external website)
The council's countryside access team can help. Further information is available on the countryside access pages.