Deputy minister issues animal welfare warning

ANYONE failing in their duties to meet the health
and welfare needs of their animals will be prosecuted
wherever possible, deputy food and farming
minister Rebecca Evans has stressed.
The warning followed publication of an Animal
and Plant Health Agency (APHA) report of prosecutions
under the Animal Health Act 1981 which
revealed last year there were 11 convictions in
Wales resulting in over £68,000 in fines and associated
costs.
Mrs Evans said: “High standards of animal health
and welfare help to sustain a profitable and professional
farming industry. These convictions are
isolated cases and the vast majority of animal
owners take their responsibilities seriously.
“However, any breaches of the Animal Health Act
will not be tolerated and we will work with local
authorities and APHA to take action where possible
against anyone who fails to meet the health
needs of their animals.
“The Welsh Government is committed to ensuring
that all animals in Wales have a high standard of
health and welfare.
“Last year, I launched our new Wales Animal
Health and Welfare Framework which is building
on nine years of work following devolution of
powers in this area. In 2006 we gave local authorities
more powers to prosecute individuals for
offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.”
If anyone has concerns that farmed animals are
not receiving adequate care they should contact
the local the Local Authority Trading Standards
Department.
More information on the Animal Welfare Act can
be found at: http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/
ahw/animalwelfare/animalwelfareact2006

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