Animal health and welfare

We work with the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs enforcing legislation regulating the health and welfare of farm animals. This includes responding to complaints of neglect or ill treatment of livestock on farms, during transport, and at markets.

Report a problem

If you suspect a problem call us between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. All calls are treated in confidence.

Council Connect

01934 888 802

trading.standards@n-somerset.gov.uk

If you suspect that any other animal is being subjected to any form or cruelty contact the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on 0300 1234 999.

Enforcement

We enforce to protect livestock farms, farm animals and the integrity of the food chain.  It is our aim to make it easy for businesses to meet the rules for:

  • disease control
  • animal identification
  • animal movements
  • bio-security
  • animal welfare
  • animal by-products
  • performing animals
  • importation of animals rules.

Useful sources of information

Avian flu

For the latest information use:

Livestock movements

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are making changes to simplify the rules on reporting livestock movements. This is to reduce the number of reports that needs to be sent to us. Changes are due to start from June 2016 and expect to be completed by Autumn 2017.

For more information use the: 

Renewal of type 1 animal transporter authorisations

The process for renewing type 1 animal transporter authorisations changed in October 2016 and they will no longer be renewed automatically.

For more information and to apply for a renewal use the gov.uk website.