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Animal health and welfare

Animal health inspections

Trading Standards’ Animal Health Inspectors enforce farm animal health legislation. Their duties include:

  • inspecting farms, markets and vehicles
  • issuing licences for movement of livestock
  • enforcing animal feedstuffs legislation and issuing ‘On farm mixers’ licences.

Preventing mistreatment of animals

Animal Health Inspectors investigate the mistreatment of livestock, and will prosecute owners if they break laws about animal treatment.

‘Livestock’ refers to sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, deer, horses and poultry.

If you have serious concerns about the welfare of farm animals in your area, please contact our duty team. All correspondence will be dealt with in complete confidence.

If you are concerned about the welfare other animals, including pets, please contact the RSPCA.