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Section 14 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 provides power for the National Assembly for Wales to issue Codes of Practice to promote animal welfare.

The Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Cats, Dogs, Equines and Rabbits are now in force.

Wales was the first country within Great Britain to produce Codes of Practice for companion animals under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Scottish equivalent. Codes from England and Scotland followed shortly.

As with people, animals' needs vary greatly, therefore the Codes of Practice were not written as "one-size-fits-all" guidance. The Welsh Government has worked in conjunction with animal welfare specialists across Great Britain to create Codes of Practice that give practical advice to help owners and keepers to understand the welfare needs of their animals , which they are legally obliged to fulfil. The Codes of Practice apply to all cats, dogs, rabbits and equines, not just those kept as pets; they have equal validity for working or stock animals.