To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise
the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is the Government body responsible for animal health and welfare. Defra’s policy is created by the Ministers appointed by the Prime Minister who each hold different portfolios of responsibility.
The Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, has overall responsibility for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
David Rutley MP is the Minister with responsibility for animal welfare
Lord Gardiner of Kimble is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for animal health and biosecurity.
Robert Goodwill MP is the Minister responsible for farming.
You can contact Defra by writing to: Customer Contact Unit, Area 3B, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Defra’s work is scrutinised by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee comprised of cross-party MPs and chaired by Neil Parish MP, the former chairman of APGAW from 2010-15.
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) is seeking to assess whether the reduction in numbers of small and medium sized abattoirs in the UK has negatively impacted animal welfare. The Group intends to carry out a small inquiry involving cross...read more
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The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 come into force today The myriad of licensing systems that local authorities use to regulate businesses which deal with animals, or animal activities, have been in place for over...read more
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