Animal Welfare

Devon farmer convicted of welfare offences loses appeal

Devon farmer convicted of welfare offences loses appeal

A Devon farmer who ignored animal welfare advice has lost his appeal to avoid jail time. William Douglas Dolley, of...

December 7, 2018

Brexit could put UK’s high animal welfare standards at risk

Brexit could put UK’s high animal welfare standards at risk

Agricultural experts have warned that the Government’s commitment to higher animal welfare in farming could be undermined by Brexit unless...

October 14, 2018

Government ‘sees sense’ on Animal Welfare Bill

Government ‘sees sense’ on Animal Welfare Bill

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the decision by the Government to separate the two parts of the draft Animal Welfare...

August 9, 2018

New welfare code for laying hens and pullets published

New welfare code for laying hens and pullets published

A new welfare code laying hens and pullets has been published as part of a programme of reforms to enhance the welfare...

August 8, 2018

Animal cruelty maximum sentences to be increased tenfold

Animal cruelty maximum sentences to be increased tenfold

The Government has confirmed that new tougher sentences for animal cruelty will be introduced following the results of a consultation on...

August 7, 2018

New infographic to help shoppers get savvy on farm assurance schemes

New infographic to help shoppers get savvy on farm assurance schemes

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has produced a new infographic illustrating the animal welfare credentials of seven major UK farm...

July 23, 2018

BVA: ‘Urgent action’ needed to avoid Welsh vet shortfall

BVA: ‘Urgent action’ needed to avoid Welsh vet shortfall

British Veterinary Association (BVA) president John Fishwick has called for “urgent action” to guard against a serious shortfall of vets...

June 28, 2018

Microchips to be made mandatory for horses in a bid to combat dumping

Microchips to be made mandatory for horses in a bid to combat dumping

A new law requiring horse owners to microchip their animals has been introduced today to prevent abuse and improve welfare....

June 25, 2018

Pigs found ‘eating the remains of dead animals’ on horrific Bristol holding

Pigs found ‘eating the remains of dead animals’ on horrific Bristol holding

Three people involved in the running of a Bristol farm where pigs were seen eating the remains of dead animals...

June 14, 2018

9 out of 10 farm animal welfare complaints unfounded

9 out of 10 farm animal welfare complaints unfounded

More than 90% of farm welfare inspections made following complaints from the public found the farm to have no breaches...

March 2, 2018

Farmer fined after vet had to put down animals during inspection

Farmer fined after vet had to put down animals during inspection

A Co. Down farmer has been fined more than £5,000 after a vet had to euthanise a cow, a sheep and...

November 20, 2017

Farmer convicted and fined for animal movement offences

Farmer convicted and fined for animal movement offences

A 56-year-old farmer has been convicted and fined for a number of animal movement and animal welfare offences. John Yorke –...

September 4, 2017

Demand for high welfare meat ‘depends on consumers’ post-Brexit

Demand for high welfare meat ‘depends on consumers’ post-Brexit

Whether or not the UK maintains a good reputation for animal welfare in the production of meat will depend on...

August 1, 2017

Farmer banned from owning animals for 25 years

Farmer banned from owning animals for 25 years

A farmer has been banned from owning animals for 25 years due to a number of animal welfare offences. James Steele,...

June 9, 2017

Farmer fined for numerous animal welfare offences

Farmer fined for numerous animal welfare offences

A farmer was recently convicted and fined in Newry Magistrates’ Court in Co. Down for a variety of animal welfare...

May 16, 2017

EU expert group on animal welfare to be created

EU expert group on animal welfare to be created

The European Commission has adopted the creation of an expert group on animal welfare, to be called the Platform on...

January 25, 2017

Maximum jail sentence for animal welfare offences in the North increased to 5 years

Maximum jail sentence for animal welfare offences in the North increased to 5 years

A new action plan aimed at improving animal welfare enforcement will see the maximum jail sentence for animal welfare offences in the...

November 6, 2016

Two farmers jailed in the North for animal welfare offences

Two farmers jailed in the North for animal welfare offences

Two farmers from Co. Armagh have been jailed following convictions for a range of animal welfare offences. Martha Toal from...

October 28, 2016