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Animal health and welfare

Bird flu in East Sussex

19 May 2023: Defra has confirmed a case of avian influenza in poultry at a premises near East Hoathly. See: Bird flu cases in East Sussex

Trading Standards’ Animal Health Inspectors enforce farm animal health legislation. Their duties include:

  • inspecting farms, markets and vehicles
  • enforcing animal feedstuffs legislation and issuing ‘On farm mixers’ licences.

Preventing mistreatment of animals

Animal Health Inspectors investigate the mistreatment of livestock, and will prosecute owners if they break laws about animal treatment.

‘Livestock’ refers to sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, deer, horses and poultry.

If you have serious concerns about the welfare of farm animals in your area, please contact our duty team. All correspondence will be dealt with in complete confidence.

If you are concerned about the welfare other animals, including pets, please contact the RSPCA.

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