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Content Related Links
- Animal Boarding Establishments
- Animal Dealers Licence
- Animal Health Fees and Charges 2013/14
- Consultation on the Aberdeen City Animal Policy
- Dangerous Wild Animals
- Dog Breeding
- Dog Control and Stray Dogs
- Importation of Animals
- Performing Animals
- Pet Shops
- Regulation of livestock movements
- Riding Establishments - Licence
Animal PolicyThe Councils Animal Policy sets out its position on a range of animal welfare issues and aims to provide elected members, Council officials, the business sector and the general public with information and guidance on these issues. It embraces the following principles: 1) The Council is convinced that we all have responsibility to our fellow creatures. It seeks to inform our citizens about these responsibilities and explain how best they can be met. 2) In considering the welfare of domestic or captive animals due regard should be had to the principles (known as the 5 freedoms) that the animals must be accorded:
- freedom from hunger and thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
- freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- freedom from pain, injury or disease- by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- freedom to express normal behaviour- by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and the company of an animal of its own kind.
- freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
- makes it an offence to fail to take reasonable steps to ensure the welfare of a protected animal
- makes it an offence to cause a protected animal unnecessary suffering
- prohibits using animals as prizes
- raises the age limit for buying animals
- increases the penalties for animal abuse
- allows the courts to disqualify a person from owning, keeping or being in charge of animals
- Andrew Gilchrist
Environmental Health and Trading Standards
Housing and Environment
Business Hub 15
3rd Floor South
Phone: (01224) 523800
Fax: (01224) 523887
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are people legally allowed to sell pets from a market stall?
- How can I complain about the conditions in premises that are licensed to keep animals?
- What is Animal Welfare?