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Animal Welfare Act 2006

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 is enforced by the council and the police. The RSPCA investigates complaints on cruelty or neglect and can be contacted on 0300 1234 999. As an animal owner you are legally required to provide your animal with the 5 freedoms:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  • Freedom from discomfort - provide an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour - provide sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
  • Freedom from fear and distress - provide conditions and care which avoid mental suffering.