Breaches of the Animal Health Act will not be tolerated, Welsh Government deputy food and farming minister Rebecca Evans has warned.

Anyone failing in the duty to meet the health and welfare needs of their animals will be prosecuted wherever possible, she added.

Ms Evans’ warning follows the publication of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) report into the number of prosecutions taken under the Animal Health Act 1981, which revealed that in 2014, 11 convictions in Wales resulted in more than £68,000 in fines and associated costs.  

Ms Evans said: “High standards of animal health and welfare help to sustain a profitable and professional farming industry. These convictions are isolated cases and the vast majority of animal owners take their responsibilities seriously. However, any breaches of the Animal Health Act will not be tolerated and we will work with local authorities and APHA to take action where possible against anyone who fails to meet the health needs of their animals.  

“The Welsh Government is committed to ensuring all animals in Wales have a high standard of health and welfare. Last year, I launched our new Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework, which is building on nine years of work following devolution of powers in this area. In 2006, we gave local authorities more powers to prosecute individuals for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.”  

If anyone has concerns farmed animals are not receiving adequate care they should contact the local the local authority trading standards department.  

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