The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes owners and keepers responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of their animals are met. Commonly referred to as The Five Freedoms these include the need:
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 also contains the general laws relating to animal welfare:
If you believe that an animal in a domestic environment is being neglected or is being subjected to cruelty you should contact the RSPCA for advice, see RSPCA.
Noise nuisances are sometimes misreported as being a welfare related issue. The person affected believes that by saying an animal is being neglected it will add importance to the problem. In most cases their concerns, especially in relation to dogs are noise caused by constantly whimpering or barking.
If you are suffering from an animal related problem such as dog barking or fouling see Report animal nuisance for more advice on who to contact.
If you see any wild or domestic or farm animal which you believe to be injured, or whose welfare is giving concern, in any public place, you should contact the RSPCA for advice, see RSPCA.
If you see any animal whose welfare gives reason for concern and which you believe to be in immediate danger, such as a dog locked in a hot car, you should contact Essex Police, see Essex Police.
There is legislation, regulation, licensing and guidance relating to the welfare of animals in a commercial environment, for example:
For further information and to report cruelty or an animal in distress in a commercial premises, see:
The RSPCA use the term organised animal cruelty to describe activities:
Both the RSPCA and the Police may take action when these cases are reported.