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On 18 January 2018, Defra introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in England. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.
There is a wide range of laws in the UK designed to protect the health and welfare of domestic and wild animals.
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.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) deals with: