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Non-Food Environmental Grazing Animals

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what welfare and veterinary provision is made for non-food environmental grazing animals; and if he will make a statement. (137317)

Non-food grazing animals are protected by the Animal Welfare Act, which came into force on 6 April 2007. The Act extends the law, formerly only applicable to farmed animals, so that all owners and keepers will have to provide for the needs of their animals. Anyone failing to provide for the needs of their animals may be guilty of the welfare offence. This additional offence will mean that action may be taken before an animal starts to suffer.