Animal welfare

Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council is responsible for the enforcement of a range of animal welfare legislation, principally the Animal Health Act 1981, Food Safety Act 1990, European Communities Act 1972, Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968, Protection of Animals Act 1911 and subordinate legislation.

The Council is keen to work with farmers and people keeping livestock in order to protect business and public health. By providing advice and information to those involved in keeping livestock, any burden to business can be minimised and animal and public health safeguarded. The Authority works closely with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and adopts a risk-based approach to inspection. We carry out our work as illustrated below.

The primary objectives of the legislation are:

  • To prevent, control and eradicate animal diseases
  • To protect the welfare of animals at agricultural holdings, in transit and at markets
  • To safeguard human health and the food chain from transmissible diseases
  • Animal health officers enforce all aspects of the above legislation and their duties include:
  • Attending slaughterhouses, markets/gatherings and livestock sales, to ensure correct documentation, fitness of livestock, correct penning and handling
  • Farm inspections to ensure compliance with records and welfare
  • Roadside vehicle checks to ensure correct transportation documentation, licences, welfare and identifying illegal movements.
  • Issuing licences for livestock movements
  • Investigate complaints regarding welfare
  • Take formal action against offenders where other action remains unsuccessful.

General Movement Licence

Following the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001 the Disease Control (Interim Measures) (Wales) Order 2003 was established to control the movement of stock and therefore prevent a repeat of the outbreak.

General Movement Licence application forms are available for:

  • Cattle
  • Sheep and Goats
  • Pigs
  • Deer

The latest animal movement rules are effective from 31st March 2005.

Animal Movement Documents

Movements of sheep, goats and pigs must be accompanied by a movement document (AML1 and AML2) on completion of the journey the white copy must be sent to the Local Authority of destination within 3 days.

The movement document can be obtained from your local authority.

Pet Travel Scheme

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pet animals from certain countries to enter the UK without having to undergo a period of quarantine, providing certain procedures are followed.

It also means that people in the UK can take their pets to other European Union (EU) countries, and return them to the UK.

They can also, having taken their pets to certain non-EU countries, bring them back to the UK without the need to be quarantined.

Horse Passports

In order to comply with the Horse Passports (Wales) Regulations 2004, all owners or keepers of horses including ponies, donkeys and other equidae must apply for a full passport by the 28th February 2005.

Passports must be obtained from a recognised Passport-Issuing Authority (PIO).
Welsh Assembly Government - Horse Passports

Livestock Identification

All agricultural animals must be correctly identified before leaving their holding, for further information regarding livestock identification and related legislation follow the link below.

Great Britain Poultry Register

The Great Britain Poultry Register opened on 9th December 2005, the avian influenza (preventative measures) (no2) Regulations 2005 require the owner/keeper of 50 or more poultry to register with DEFRA.

DEFRA are keen to encourage voluntary registration as a result the poultry register remains open to allow for the continual voluntary registration of premises with less than 50 poultry.

Bird species that must be registered:

  • Chickens
  • Turkeys
  • Ducks
  • Geese
  • Quail
  • Emus
  • Rheas
  • Kiwis
  • Pheasants
  • Partridge
  • Guinea fowl
  • Cassowaries

You can register by:

  • Calling on free phone 0800 634 1112. Phone lines will be open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday

Reporting Notifiable Diseases

Many animal diseases are highly contagious and must be reported as soon as an outbreak is suspected.

Such notifiable diseases include

  • Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Swine Fever
  • Anthrax
  • Rabies

If you suspect signs of notifiable disease, or have a case confirmed, you must report it immediately to:

  • DEFRA Divisional Veterinary Manager
  • Local Authority Animal Health Officer
  • Police

There are a number of leaflets available from the Animal Health Project regarding animal welfare issues that can be requested by contacting us.

Contact Information

Animal Welfare Team
Environmental Services Group
Public Health and Protection Division
Ty Elai
Dinas Isaf East,
CF40 1NY

Tel: 01443 425777
Fax: 01443 425304