Animal health and welfare

Avian Influenza - Bird Flu

There is a wide range of laws in the UK designed to protect the health and welfare of domestic and wild animals including the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in England. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures. Please follow the below links to the website for further guidance and information:

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report this to the DEFRA Helpline immediately 03459 33 55 77 (select option 7). Once this has been reported, DEFRA may require you to contact the Council to dispose of any found birds on public land. To report this to us, please call 08085 834 333. If the bird is found on a domestic premises, please follow the Government guidance which is to dispose of the carcass in your household or municipal waste.

Animal health and welfare laws are enforced jointly by us and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), in association with other government bodies and independent organisations like the RSPCA.

What the Animal Welfare team does

  • horse riding premises
  • dog breeding premises
  • animal boarding premises
  • dangerous/wild animals
  • pet shops.

What Defra does 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) deals with:

  • national animal health and welfare strategy
  • animal welfare at farms, markets, slaughterhouses
  • the Pet Travel Scheme
  • international trade in animals
  • animal diseases - control and surveillance, BSE, tuberculosis, scrapie, Foot and Mouth disease
  • animal by-products
  • wildlife conservation and biodiversity
  • wildlife crime.

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