Animal Welfare Act
The Animal Welfare Act came into force on 6th
The new Act enables local authorities to
intervene before an animal actually suffers as not only is it
against the law to be cruel to an animal, but the Act makes owners
and keepers responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of
their animals are met.
Bedford Borough Environmental Health & Trading Standards
Service has a responsibility for enforcing this legislation to
prevent unnecessary suffering to farm animals and livestock and for
legislation covering the welfare of animals being transported.
The welfare of companion animals is the
responsibility of Bedford Borough Council and the RSPCA.
For more information about this act, please
contact DEFRA HELPLINE on 08459 335577 or visit their website