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This preface is not part of the Code but is
intended to explain its purpose and to indicate
the broad considerations upon which it is
based. Similarly, the legislation quoted in
boxes throughout the document is not part of
the Code but is intended to highlight some of
the legal requirements. The law, as quoted in
these boxes, is that in force either on the date
of publication or reprinting of the Code (please
turn to the back cover for this information).
Readers should be aware that any of the legal
requirements quoted might be subject to
change - they should seek confirmation before
assuming that these are an accurate statement
of the law currently in force.
Regulation 10 of the Welfare of Farmed Animals
(England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000 No.
1870) provides that:
Any person who employs or engages a person to
attend to animals shall ensure that the person
attending to the animals:
- is acquainted with the provisions of all
relevant statutory welfare codes relating to
the animals being attended to;
- has access to a copy of those codes while he
is attending to the animals; and
- has received instruction and guidance on
those codes.
Any person who keeps animals, or who causes
or knowingly permits animals to be kept, shall
not attend to them unless he has access to all
relevant statutory welfare codes relating to the
animals while he is attending to them, and is
acquainted with the provisions of those codes.
In Regulation 2 it states that “statutory welfare
code” means a code for the time being issued
under Section 3 of the Agriculture
(Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968.
To cause unnecessary pain or unnecessary
distress to any livestock on agricultural land is
an offence under Section 1(1) of the Agriculture
(Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968. The
breach of a code provision, whilst not an offence
in itself, can nevertheless be used in evidence as
tending to establish the guilt of anyone accused
of causing the offence of causing unnecessary
pain or distress under the Act (Section 3(4)).
Regulation 3(1) of the Welfare of Farmed
Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000
No.1870) states that owners and keepers of
animals shall take all reasonable steps:
- to ensure the welfare of the animals under
their care; and
- to ensure that the animals are not caused
any unnecessary pain, suffering or injury.
Regulation 3(3) of the Welfare of Farmed
Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000
No. 1870) states that:
- In deciding whether the conditions under
which animals are being bred or kept comply
with the requirements set out in Schedule 1 of
the Regulations, the owner and keeper of the
animals shall have regard to their species, and to
their degree of development, adaptation and
domestication, and to their physiological and
ethological needs in accordance with
established experience and scientific
Regulation 11 of the Welfare of Farmed Animals
(England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000 No.
1870) states that:
- Where an authorised person considers that
animals are being kept in a way which is likely
to cause unnecessary pain, suffering or injury, or
in any other way in contravention of any
provision of these Regulations, he may serve a
notice on the person appearing to him to be in
charge of the animals requiring that person,
within the period stated in the notice, to take
any action that the authorised person considers
to be reasonably necessary to ensure compliance
with these Regulations and the authorised
person shall give his reasons for requiring that
action to be taken.
Regulation 13 (2) of the Welfare of Farmed
Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000
No. 1870) states that:
- In any proceedings against an owner or
keeper of animals for a failure to comply with
Regulation 3(1) or 3(2), the owner or keeper as
the case may be, may rely on his compliance
with any relevant recommendation contained in
a statutory welfare code as tending to establish
his compliance with the relevant regulation.
The Code is intended to encourage all those
who care for farm animals to adopt the highest
standards of husbandry. Without good
stockmanship, animal welfare can never be
adequately protected. Adherence to these
recommendations will help flock-keepers to
reach the required standard.
The welfare of laying hens is considered within
a framework, elaborated by the Farm Animal
Welfare Council, and known as the ‘Five
Freedoms’. These form a logical basis for the
assessment of welfare within any system,
together with the actions necessary to safeguard
welfare within the constraints of an efficient
livestock industry.
The Five Freedoms are:
- by ready access to fresh water and a diet to
maintain full health and vigour;
- by providing an appropriate environment
including shelter and a comfortable resting
- by prevention or rapid diagnosis and
- by providing sufficient space, proper facilities
and company of the animals’ own kind;
- by ensuring conditions and treatment to
avoid mental suffering.
In acknowledging these freedoms, those who
have care of livestock should practise: -
- caring and responsible planning and
- skilled, knowledgeable and conscientious
- appropriate environmental design (for
example, of the husbandry system);
- considerate handling and transport;
- humane slaughter.
The Protection of Animals Acts (the Protection
of Animals Acts 1911- 1988 and the Protection
of Animals (Amendment) Act 2000) contain the
general law relating to cruelty to animals.
Broadly it is an offence (under Section 1 of the
1911 Act) to be cruel to any domestic or captive
animal by anything that is done or omitted to be
Section 12(2) of the 1911 Act empowers a
police constable to place, in safe custody,
animals in the charge of persons apprehended
for an offence under the Act until the end of
proceedings or the court orders the return of the
animals. The reasonable costs involved,
including any necessary veterinary treatment,
are recoverable by the police from the owner
upon conviction.
Under section 1 of the Protection of Animals
(Amendment) Act 1954, as amended by the
1988 Act, the court has the power to disqualify
a person convicted under these Acts from
having custody of any animal. The ban can
specify a particular kind of animal or all animals
for such period as the court thinks fit.
The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act
2000 supplements the 1911 Act by allowing a
court to make an order relating to the care,
disposal or slaughter of animals kept for
commercial purposes that are the subject of a
prosecution brought under the 1911 Act by a
‘prosecutor’. A ‘ prosecutor’ is defined in the
2000 Act to include certain public bodies that
conduct prosecutions (Crown Prosecution
Service, government departments and local
authorities) and any person or bodies approved
by DEFRA or National Assembly for Wales. The
2000 Act then allows reasonable costs to be
recovered from the owner by the ‘prosecutor’.