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On the tenth day of Christmas our Branch came to see…..

Ten cats-a-leaping!

In April, we had some cats come into our Branch from a multi cat household. The owner had been banned from keeping animals and these cats were very unwell with cat flu symptoms and funny tummies. After recovering in our care, many of them have found their forever homes and it is so lovely seeing them living the life that they deserve.

So how and why could someone be banned from keeping animals?

When caring for an animal, whether it is in your home or for work, you must always stick to the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Failure to do so can result in prosecution.

Animal Welfare Act
Prior to the Animal Welfare Act, animal welfare law was largely reactive and action could only be taken once an animal had suffered unnecessarily.

The 2006 Act has introduced an important and new concept for pet owners and those responsible for domestic animals, e.g. breeders, those who have working animals or farm animals in England and Wales.

Preventing animals suffering
This means enforcement agencies and our inspectors can now act by advising and educating owners before their pets suffer. If this advice is not followed or the animal’s needs are not being met then action can be taken whether through a formal warning or in some cases a prosecution.

What does the law actually say?
Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act places a duty of care on people to ensure they take reasonable steps in all the circumstances to meet the welfare needs of their animals to the extent required by good practice.

What does this mean for those responsible for animals?
In short it means they must take positive steps to ensure they care for their animals properly and in particular must provide for the five welfare needs, which are:

  • need for a suitable environment
  • need for a suitable diet
  • need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
  • need to be housed with, or apart, from other animals
  • need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

On occasion the National RSPCA may decide to prosecute if they feel it is necessary. To ensure they command and maintain public confidence, prosecutions are only brought by them following a consistent, fair and independent review of the evidence.

EmmaOn the tenth day of Christmas our Branch came to see…..