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Medway Council is the enforcement authority for farm animal
welfare and for disease prevention on farms, during transportation
and at markets.
The standards for transporting animals are strictly controlled to
reduce the possibility of transmitting diseases such as foot and
mouth. Hygiene controls and bio-security rules are strictly
Stock records at farms are checked by enforcement agencies such
as the British Cattle Movement Service and
controls are in place to regulate the disposal of animal carcasses.
In the past, farmers could just bury animal carcasses but now they
have to be transported to rendering plants. Animal by-products,
such as meat trimmings from butchers shops, cannot be sent to
landfill sites. These measures are in place to prevent the spread
of diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE).
Further information is available on the Trading Standards
website and from the Department
for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
For questions about injured wildlife, please contact the
- animals - RSPCA on 08705 555999;
- birds - RSPB on 0800 9178566;
- badgers - the National Federation of Badger Groups on
020 7498 3220;
- foxes - the Fox Project on 01892 826222;
- hedgehogs - the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on
- other mammals - the Mammal Society on 020 7498
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