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Animal health and welfare strategy for Great Britain

The Animal Health and Welfare Strategy for Great Britain is the route map for work to improve the health and welfare of kept animals in England, Scotland and Wales. It is a Strategy for all who have a role to play - Government, the food and farming industry, vets, consumer groups and many others. It covers animals kept for pleasure or profit - pets, livestock, game and wildlife where it impacts on kept animals.

The Strategy’s aim is to: “develop a new partnership in which we can make a lasting and continuous improvement in the health and welfare of kept animals while protecting society, the economy, and the environment from the effect of animal disease”.

It sets out a vision for animal health and welfare in Great Britain, showing where we want to be in 2014. This is a strong challenge for everyone involved and the Strategy contains important guiding principles, showing what needs to be done to create the world described in the vision.

The Strategy forms the framework for all of Defra’s work on animal health and welfare. This site will give you more information about the Strategy, what has been achieved so far, as well as the important role of the independent England Implementation Group.

Latest news

7 July 2010: An informal consultation on proposed amendments to the Veterinary Surgeons Act exemption orders relating to artificial insemination, epidural anaesthesia and rectal ultrasound scanning of bovines has been launched. Further information.. 

1 February 2010 - EU consultation on administrative burden, administrative costs and compliance costs related to current Animal Health Legislation and the new possible elements of the Animal Health Law. Further information is available on the EU website (note that several Questionnaires are listed – please take care to ensure you select the correct one). The consultation closes on 15 March 2010.

25 January 2010 - Defra published for pre-legislative scrutiny a draft Animal Health Bill to help implement its plans for responsibility and cost sharing to deliver improved animal health and welfare in England.

6 August 2009 - Unlocking Potential - A report on veterinary expertise in food animal production by Professor Philip Lowe has been published.


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Further information

Page last modified: 9 July 2010