Our Trading Standards service offers advice and enforces legislations on the welfare of farmed animals and birds – for example, pigs, goats, sheep, cattle and poultry.
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes owners and keepers responsible for making sure the welfare needs of their animals are met – go to GOV.UK: animal welfare.
The government provides detailed information on farming matters, including animal movements – go to GOV.UK: food and farming.
Bluetongue is a disease that affects sheep, cows, goats and llamas. Humans aren’t affected, nor are animal products or meat.
If you have any concerns about bluetongue, or need more information, go to GOV.UK: blue tongue.
Foot and mouth disease
Foot and mouth disease affects cloven-hoofed animals, including cattle, sheep and pigs. It doesn’t affect humans.
If you have any concerns about foot and mouth disease, or need more information, go to GOV.UK: foot and mouth disease.
Avian influenza (bird flu) mainly affects birds. It can also affect humans and other mammals.
If you are concerned about bird flu or need more information, go to GOV.UK: avian influenza (bird flu).
Rabies affects all mammals, including dogs and humans – go to GOV.UK: rabies.
Rabies is a notifiable disease. This means if you suspect a case of rabies it you must tell the nearest Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office immediately. Failure to do so is an offence.
All horse owners must have passports for their horses. The government gives advice on the horse passport scheme, along with answers to general horse welfare issues – go to GOV.UK: getting and using a horse passport.
Animal welfare licences
You may need a licence or be registered to own, perform with, or carry out a business with animals. Go to our animal welfare licences page for more information.