Our Trading Standards service offers advice and enforces legislations on the welfare of farmed animals – pigs, goats, sheep and cattle.
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes owners and keepers responsible for making sure the welfare needs of their animals are met – go to GOV.UK: animal welfare.
The government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) provides detailed information on farming matters, including animal movements – go to GOV.UK: food and farming.
Bluetongue is a disease that affects sheep, cows, goats and llamas. Humans aren’t affected, nor are animal products or meat.
If you have any concerns about bluetongue, or need more information, go to the GOV.UK: blue tongue web page.
Foot and mouth disease
Foot and mouth disease affects cloven-hoofed animals, including cattle, sheep and pigs. It doesn’t affect humans.
If you have any concerns about foot and mouth disease, or need more information, go to the GOV.UK: foot and mouth disease web page.
Avian influenza (bird flu) mainly affects birds. It can also affect humans and other mammals.
If you have any concerns about bird flu, or need more information, go to the GOV.UK: avian influenza (bird flu) web page.
Rabies affects all mammals, including dogs and humans – go to GOV.UK: rabies
Rabies is a notifiable disease. This means if you suspect a case of rabies it you must tell the nearest Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office immediately. Failure to do so is an offence.
All horse owners must have passports for their horses. Defra can give advice on the horse passport scheme, along with answers to general horse welfare issues – go to GOV.UK: getting and using a horse passport.
Animal welfare licences
You must have a licence if you are:
- selling pet animals
- running a dog breeding business
- running an animal boarding establishment
- running a riding establishment
- running a zoo
- keeping dangerous wild animals
You must register with us if you keep or train animals for public performance.
Lost or stray dogs should be reported.