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Worried about a farm animal?

Transport, slaughter and non-welfare issues

Who you should contact for:

  • Transport – If you’re concerned about the way in which farm animals are being transported, or treated at a livestock market, then please contact Trading Standards.
  • Slaughter – If the concern is about farm animals at a slaughter plant, or the illegal killing/slaughter of farm animals outside of a slaughter plant, then please contact the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
  • Non-welfare issues – If you have a farm animal enquiry that is not an animal welfare issue, e.g. it concerns carcass disposal, or in the event of a suspected notifiable disease, then please contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

When to contact us

If you see a farm animal on a farm that you think is ill or injured and isn’t receiving the proper medical care, or you believe they are in danger or distress then please contact us as soon as possible.

Farm animals in cold weather

Some farm animals such as the hardier sheep and cattle breeds, are able to cope with cold or wet conditions and don’t need our assistance.

You should contact us about:

  • farm animals with no access to a well-drained lying area
  • farm animals with no access to any form of shelter, such as a natural hedge
  • sheep that have just been shorn being kept outside during winter weather.

Farm animals in hot weather

Please get in touch if you see animals in hot weather which:

  • do not have access to clean water
  • do not have access to shade
  • appear to be suffering from heat stress.

Farm animals as entertainment

You should contact us about the use of farm animals for entertainment in a way that may unnecessarily compromise their welfare. For example, the racing or riding of farm animals, such as pigs and sheep.

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