Pet Legislation

Pet Legislation

Important Pet Legislation for all pet owners and carers to be aware of:

Animal Abuse

Animal Welfare

Hot Weather


Pet Medication

From 6 April 2007 (and 27 March in Wales), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) brought in laws to improve the welfare of animals in the UK. These laws apply to a variety of animals, including livestock and working animals, but importantly, also affect how you must treat your pets.

Animal Welfare Act 2006
“Under the Animal Welfare Act, it’s against the law to be cruel to an animal.  If you own an animal, you must ensure that its welfare needs are met.  Find out what your responsibilities are under the law and where to get help if you need it.” more

Keeping pets safe during hot weather
Simple guidelines pet owners should follow:

  • Do not leave pets in vehicles during hot weather;
  • Make sure pets have plenty of fresh water to drink;
  • Provide adequate ventilation for pets at all times;
  • Avoid exercising pets in the heat of the day; and
  • Provide necessary protection from the sun in the hottest part of the day.  more

Offense under Control of Dogs Order 1992:
“The owner of a dog or the person in charge of a dog who, without lawful authority or excuse, proof of which shall lie on him, causes or permits the dog to be in a highway or in a place of public resort not wearing a collar as prescribed in article 2(1) above shall be guilty of an offence against the Animal Health Act 1981.” more

Unauthorized medication is being targeted by DEFRA for unproven treatment claims by manufacturers. more

Pet Care Tips
Your pet’s welfare depend on the following factors:

  • You
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Environment
  • Love and care
  • Social behaviour