It is law that anyone who is responsible for an animal has a Duty Of Care to take reasonable steps to ensure that the animal's needs are met.
"Duty of care" is a legal phrase which means that someone has an obligation to do something.
The new Act imposes a broader duty of care on anyone responsible for an animal to take reasonable steps to ensure that the animal's needs are met.
This means that a person has to look after the animal's welfare and ensure that it does not suffer.
The Act states that an animal's welfare needs include:
Anything which occurs in the normal course of fishing (including commercial fishing and angling) is exempted from the Act.
However, all fish for which a person is responsible (such as pet fish, ornamental fish and farmed fish) will be protected under the Act.
The law, like most laws, is a common informers act. This means that anyone is allowed to bring a prosecution for an offence.
The RSPCA is committed to investigating offences relating to cruelty or welfare of domestic animals. They should be your first port of call if you suspect a cruelty issue relating to pet animals.
Basildon Council will enforce the act, relating to all its licensed establishments. For issues relating to pet shops, licensed kennels and equine establishments, please see contact details.
Basildon's Environmental Health Services are responsible for overseeing the following animal welfare issues:
Environmental Health - See our enforcement policy on our About Environmental Health Webpage.
To perform the Council's statutory functions in respect of the keeping of animals.
To protect public health.
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