Animal health and welfare

Trading Standards enforces the laws that regulate those businesses which deal with farmed livestock, including farmers, transporters and markets, as well as those that regulate the manufacture, distribution and supply of animal feed.

We also enforce the laws that apply to animal disease prevention and control as well as those that apply to the movement, identification and traceability of farm animals.

It is important that businesses, including backyard keepers, understand and comply with animal health, welfare and feed hygiene laws, including the rules that apply to animal by-product disposal.

Want to find out more?

Click on the link below to display a range of guidance leaflets that can help you get the information you need:

Animal Health and Welfare Advice

Do you still need help?

If you are a Darlington business or backyard keeper, please email us at [email protected].

How to report abuse or other welfare problems

If you suspect a problem with a farm animal, you can report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service [external link] by ringing them on 0808 223 1133.

If you suspect that any other animal is being subjected to any form of cruelty, you can report it to the RSCPA [external link].

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