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Standards of welfare applied in Wales to farmed and domestic, companion animals.
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The following legislation has been implemented in order to improve the standards of animal welfare applied in Wales.

Animal Welfare Act 2006

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 is the most significant animal welfare legislation for nearly a century.

Implemented in Wales on 27th March 2007, it:

  • brings together and modernises welfare legislation relating to farmed and non-farmed animals - some of which dates from 1911
  • introduces a "duty of care" on owners and keepers of pet, farm and captive wild animals, ensuring  the welfare of the animals in their care
  • extends the existing power to make secondary legislation to promote the welfare of farm animals to non-farm animals
  • deters persistent offenders by strengthening penalties and eliminating many loopholes in the current system
  • allows the publication of Codes of Practice for pet animals, a mechanism to provide guidance on welfare standards
  • increases from 12 to 16 the minimum age at which a child may buy an animal
  • bans the mutilation of animals, with certain specified exemptions.

Welfare of Farmed Animals (Wales) Regulations 2007

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Wales) Regulations 2007 details the minimum standards under which you must keep farm animals. Schedule 1 contains specific requirements such as inspections, record keeping, and freedom of movement, buildings and equipment. Requirements for the feeding and watering, and accommodation of animals are also included.

The Regulations were amended in 2010 to implement enforcement provisions for the Council Directive 2007/43/EC in relation to conventionally reared meat chicken.

The Regulations:

  • clarify the interpretation of "farmed animal"
  • require that anyone attending animals must be familiar with and have access to appropriate welfare codes, which are specific to each species of animal
  • aim to establish the highest standards of husbandry. They cover general requirements for stockmanship, health, feeding, breeding accommodation and management.

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