Animal Welfare Legislation
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 has significantly increased legal requirements to maintain welfare standards for animals. Not only is it against the law to be cruel to an animal, this Act now requires that the following animal’s welfare needs are met:
- that they are kept in a suitable environment
- provided with a suitable diet
- exhibit normal behaviour patterns
- be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable)
- be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease
Persons who are cruel to an animal, or fail to provide for their welfare needs, may be banned from owning animals and fined up to £20,000 and or imprisoned.
To report any concerns of animal welfare or cruelty please contact the RSPCA directly on 0300 1234 999 or visit the RSPCA website.