Animal health and welfare

Animal health and welfare

Avian influenza - Information on the situation in Suffolk/Norfolk (November 2007)

Bluetongue latest situation - Information on the situation in East Anglia, (September 2007, ongoing)

Foot and Mouth Disease latest situation - Information on the situation in Surrey, August/September 2007

Photo of a calf

The health and welfare of animals is central to Defra's work of protecting and improving livestock and controlling and eradicating disease. The Animal Health and Welfare pages are divided into various subject areas each with its own ‘Home page’ and ‘Latest news’ section. These are detailed below:

Animal by-products
Information on the disposal of animal by-products which are animal carcases, parts of carcases or products of animal origin that are not intended for human consumption.

Animal health & welfare strategy
The route map for work to improve the health and welfare of kept animals in Great Britain.

Animal welfare
Information on the Animal Welfare Act, plus advice on transporting animals during hot weather, guidance on welfare in transport regulations and guidance on domestic and farm animal welfare.

Bringing pets to the UK
Guidance on the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and rabies quarantine.

Disease surveillance and control
Information on biosecurity, veterinary surveillance, Defra's contingency plan and notifiable diseases including:

International trade
Information on animal imports, EU exports, Non-EU Exports and on products of animal origin.

Livestock movements, identification and tracing
Guidance on the movement of livestock and information on their identification, registration and tracing.

Personal food & plant imports
What food may I bring into the UK? - search the database or personal import tables.

Other pages

Defra's delivery agents relating to animal health and welfare:

Page last modified: December 17, 2007

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs