Helping to Ensure Animal Health and Welfare
As a Local Authority we have a duty:
- To protect the welfare of animals at farms, in transit and at markets/gatherings
- To prevent, control and eradicate animal diseases
- To ensure that animal movements can be traced to safeguard human and animal health from transmitted disease.
Animal Health and Welfare Inspectors make regular visits to farms, abattoirs, markets/gatherings etc, to ensure compliance with the law and to educate and advise the local agricultural community.
We have established an enforcement forum to work with the agricultural community to achieve legal compliance and good practice.
Fireworks and Horses
The Trading Standards Service has issued two leaflets in the run up to the festive period aimed at horse owners and those planning firework displays. The leaflets are aimed at giving advice to horse owners and the public to help prevent horses being distressed by firework displays over Christmas and New Year. Fireworks cause distress to all animals and the public are asked to behave responsibly over the festive period to help prevent an incident that occurred last Bonfire Night which resulted in the death of a horse.