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Animal health and welfare legislation is enforced jointly by the Local Authority and the Department for Environment, food and Rural Affairs (Defra), in association with other government bodies and independent organisations like theĀ RSPCA.

What the Local Authority Does

Licensing of:

What Defra Does

  • National Animal Health and Welfare Strategy
  • Animal Welfare at Farms, Markets, Slaughterhouses
  • The Pet Travel Scheme
  • International Trade in Animals
  • Animal Diseases - Control and Surveillance, BSE, Tuberculosis, Scrapie, foot and Mouth Disease
  • Animal by-products
  • Wildlife Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Wildlife Crime
  • Defra - Contact