In Camden, we're committed to protecting the safety and welfare of all animals. In recognition of this we have adopted an Animal Welfare Charter.
There is a wide range of legislation to protect the health and welfare of animals in captivity.
This page explains the standards that owners and keepers must maintain and how to report suspected animal cruelty.
All owners and keepers of animals have a duty of care under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Owners and keepers must take positive steps to ensure they care for their animals properly and must work towards ensuring that animals are free from unnecessary pain and degradation, and experience the Five Freedoms:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst;
- Freedom from discomfort;
- Freedom from pain, disease, and injury;
- Freedom from unnecessary constraint; and
- Freedom from fear and distress.
The GOV.UK animal guidance lists the legislation and provides guidance on animal welfare.
How do I report suspected animal cruelty?
To report suspected cases of cruelty or neglect, please consider the type of animal and establishment they're kept in to help you identify the correct organisation to contact.
Farm animals: If you have an animal welfare concern regarding farm animals, you should contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency.
Animals in licensed premises (e.g. pet shops): If you suspect a problem concerning animal welfare in licensed premises, please contact Camden on 020 7974 4444.
All other cases: If you suspect that any other animal is being subjected to any form of cruelty, you should contact the RSPCA.
Under The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, it is compulsory for all keepers to ensure their dogs are microchipped and registered with an approved UK database:
Failure to ensure that a dog is microchipped attracts a fine.
Breeders must ensure their puppies are microchipped by the age of eight weeks and before they leave for their new home. For more information please visit GOV.UK.
The following people may microchip a dog:
- A vet or veterinary nurse working under the direction of a vet
- A student veterinary nurse or student veterinary surgeon, working under the direction of a vet
- A person who has been on a training course approved by the Secretary of State
- A person who has received training on implantation which included practical experience of implanting a microchip, before the new legislation came into force in April 2016.
There is usually a small fee to implant the microchip and add your details to a database. Some databases will also charge an admin fee each time you update your details. Speak to your database operator for more information.