The Welfare of Animals Act, 2006.
The Welfare of Animals Act, 2006, the provisions of which are applicable to dogs, came into force in England on 6th April 2007. The Act consolidates a considerable amount of previously enacted legislation and provides a general legal framework for the protection of animals, including dogs. It imposes a duty of care on pet owners to provide for the basic needs of their pets, based on what are described as “the five freedoms (needs)”, viz:
The Welfare of Animals Act is an “enabling act” and provides the legal framework for the provision of secondary, often more detailed, regulations relating to specific aspects of the Act, for example, The Docking of Working Dogs’ Tails (England) Regulations, 2007.
Additionally, the Act allows the provision of Codes of Practice.
Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs.
The much awaited Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs, promulgated under The Animal Welfare Act, 2006, was published by DEFRA on 8th December, 2009, after an extensive consultation exercise with interested parties.
This Code of Practice explains the welfare needs of dogs and how owners can meet these needs.
It should be noted that although non-
The text of the Code of Practice can be viewed/downloaded as a pdf file from the Defra web site:
Click the “Publications” tab in the toolbar at the top of the page. On the new page type “Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs” in the “Contains” box and then click the displayed icon to view the Code of Practice.
Under the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act,1999, the legal limit for the number of litters that may be bred from any bitch is six litters. The Kennel Club has announced that from 2012 it will normally register no more than four litters from any one bitch because of concerns that the current legal limit can potentially be detrimental to a bitch’s welfare.
The Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations, 2007.
The BTHG would like to thank Mrs E.Hargreaves, MRCVS, for her help in the preparation of this note which arose from a question relating to the removal of dew-
The Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations, 2007 and the subsequent amendments, were “conferred” by section 5(4) of the Animal Welfare Act, 2006 -
Under the Animal Welfare Act, 2006, it is an offence to carry out any procedure that involves interference with the sensitive tissues or bone structure of an animal other than for medical reasons. However, certain procedures are exempt from this ban because of recognised long-
Removal of dew-
An anaesthetic must be administered except where the dog is a puppy whose eyes have not yet opened AND it is usually recommended that the procedure is carried out when the puppy is three days old.
Other than for cosmetic reasons, e.g. in short-
As a generalisation, with Bedlington terriers, it is probably better to ensure that the dew-