DEFRA Code of Practice on Dog Welfare

DEFRA has launched a Code of Practice for the welfare of dogs.

The Code provides owners and keepers with information on how to meet the welfare needs of their animals, as required under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The Code can also be used in courts as evidence in cases brought before them relating to poor welfare. The Code applies to England only (Wales and Scotland have their own equivalent Code).

The Code covers the main requirements in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 under which you must take all reasonable steps to ensure that you meet the following needs that your dog has, which are set out in the Act as follows:

(a) its need for a suitable environment;

(b) its need for a suitable diet;

(c) its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns;

(d) any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals; and

(e) its need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Read more on the DEFRA website about protecting pets from cruelty.

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