How to complain about animal welfare or the conditions on a farm, welfare requirements when transporting livestock, and other laws about animal welfare.
Report a concern about the welfare of farmed livestock
Horses, pets and wild animals
Report concerns about the treatment or welfare of horses, pets and wild animals on the RSPCA website.
If the concern relates to a premises that requires a licence, such as a kennels, dog breeder, or pet shop, contact the licencing team:
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.
Read more about animal welfare on the GOV.UK website.
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.
Report a concern about the conditions on a farm or livestock disposal
Read more about noise pollution or air pollution (smells).
Read about working conditions on farms on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
Learn how to make a RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) report on the HSE website.
Report pollution in a watercourse.
Read about the maintenance of and reporting problems with public rights of way.
As a livestock keeper, you have a duty to comply with the legislation relating to the welfare of animals in transport. These issues include:
For any further guidance or information
Read more about the welfare of animals during transport on the GOV.UK website and how to ensure you comply with regulations.
You can also read the following guidance document:
DEFRA - Welfare of animals during transport - overview (169kb)
Under current animal welfare laws, there are no specific offences or provisions relating to the setting off of fireworks and the council has no legal powers under this legislation to prevent fireworks being set off.
It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to cause unnecessary suffering to livestock or domestic animals. When determining what is ‘unnecessary suffering’ there are a number of factors to consider, including:
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 does not apply to animals living in their wild sate. Everyone should take reasonable steps to avoid any animal suffering. The council may investigate reports of the intentional or malicious setting off of fireworks for the purpose of causing unnecessary suffering to farm livestock.
The owner of an animal is always regarded as having primary responsibility for their welfare and must take all reasonable steps to prevent unnecessary suffering.