Avian flu (bird flu)

On 18 January 2018, Defra introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in England. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.

This has been introduced because H5N6 bird flu has been confirmed in 13 wild birds in Warwickshire, a few days after bird flu – highly expected to be the same strain - was found in wild birds in South Dorset.

The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. All keepers must follow our detailed legal requirements on strict biosecurity, whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock.

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Bolton Trading Standards service is responsible for enforcement of animal health and welfare legislation. This protects the welfare of livestock on farms, at markets and during transportation.

This work includes ensuring livestock is correctly identified and is moved with the required movement documents and cattle passports.

Inspections are carried out to checks of records at farms and slaughterhouses and during transportation to ensure that there is full traceability of livestock movements. To reduce the risk of disease outbreak the inspectors also ensure that carcasses are disposed of by the correct methods.

If you require advice on animal welfare issues please get in touch with us.

All initial enquiries to Bolton Trading Standards are taken by Citizens Advice consumer helpline

Telephone 03454 04 05 06
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