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Owning a Pedigree Pig - Welfare Regulations on Farm

The welfare of pigs is protected by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 under which it is an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to any animal. The Act also contains a Duty of Care to animals - this means that anyone responsible for an animal must take reasonable steps to make sure the animals needs are met. This means that a person has to look after an animals welfare as well as ensure that it does not suffer. You must obtain a copy of the Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs and make it available to anyone else working with your pigs.

If you have any reason for concern about the treatment of an animal on farm please bring it to the attention of the Local Authority (normally the Trading Standards Department) or Animal Health at your nearest Animal Health Divisional Office.

Bob Stevenson MRCVS

Farm Health Plan

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FHP Workshop

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Bob answers your frequently asked veterinary questions


BPA Leaflet

BPA working with Defra have produced a leaflet covering Responsibilities and Legal Obligations



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Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs
Farm Animal Welfare Council
Trading Standards Offices
 Animal Health Offices - 0844 8844600
Defra Animal Health and Welfare website
Information for members in Northern Ireland
Information for members in Scotland
Information for members in Wales

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