Dudley Council have a statutory duty to ensure the protection of health and welfare for all animals. We recognise that animals have the right to a cruel free life and unnecessary suffering and support all current legislation, as well as changes to improve the protection of animals.
The Charter has been developed with the concerns about welfare, cruelty, abuse and neglect of animals by the local people. It aims to enforce the Councils duties to protect the local area, and to educate the public body to understand welfare for animals and the environment, as well as to teach responsible pet ownership.
We will exercise its legal enforcement powers in relation to the following areas.
We strongly advise that anyone thinking of getting a pet should have good knowledge and/or take professional advice on the care of the animals, and understand the best practices of pet ownership.
We support legislation measures to conserve habitats and wildlife, and will continue to support the establishments of local nature reserves, trails and conservation areas within the borough.
We will amend and update this animal welfare charter from time to time to reflect changes in the national legislation and local circumstances. We support all current animal welfare legislation and request that Members of the Parliament support any legislation to improve animal welfare conditions.
This work is undertaken in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.