Farmed Animals

Welfare of Livestock Regulations 1994

The Act

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007

The Regulations, made under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, consolidate and amend a number of farm animal related Regulations, including specific provisions for laying hens, pigs and calves. The Regulations ban conventional battery cages from being built or used for the first time in preparation for the ban on their use in 2012.

Animal Farming

Poultry Welfare

Poultry Welfare off the farm

Egg-laying Hens

Broiler and Breeder Chickens


Pig Farming

Sheep and Goats

Beef and Dairy Cows




At Market

The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995

These Regulations implement Council Directive 93/119/EEC that regulates the handling of animals to prevent unnecessary suffering during the slaughter process.

Welfare at slaughter

The Animal Health Act 2002

The Act has two main purposes. The first is to provide additional powers to tackle Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and for these powers to be extendable to other animal diseases by order. The second is to provide additional powers to deal with transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) in sheep. The Act also makes a number of amendments to the enforcement provisions of the Animal Health Act 1981.

Animals in Severe Weather

Live Transport