The Animals Welfare Act 2006


This Act contains four main sections :

Prevention of Harm 

Promotion of Welfare

Licensing and Registration

Codes of Practice

Animals in Distress

Some key points contained in the Act are :

1.Animal owners are responsible for the welfare of their pets, including if the animal is left under the care of a person under 16 years of age. Owners have to ensure the needs of their animal are met which include : 

(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


2. Owners are liable for prosecution if they perform or allow to be performed a prohibited procedure on their pet - and this includes docking of tails for none medical reasons. 


A copy of the original Act can be found here : 

A copy of the Act with annotations of changes made since it was published can be found here : 


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