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The Animal Welfare Act 2006 came into effect in England on 6 April 2007 and provides greater protection for animals.  Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 requires any person responsible for an animal to care for it properly by providing;

  • A proper diet, including fresh water;
  • Somewhere suitable to live;
  • For it, to be housed with or apart from, other animals, if necessary
  • An environment for it to express normal behaviour patterns
  • Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease

The majority of people look after their animals well.  However, if you suspect an animal is being cruelly treated please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 (for domestic animals and pets) or Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0100 (for farm animals).

Illegal Importation of Animals

We have become aware of an increase in illegal importation of animals, and would encourage potential buyers to read our guidance on the PDFtrade in illegally imported cats and dogs trade in illegally imported cats and dogs. 212kb

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Last updated: 13 December 2012



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