Information concerning evidence base and consultation and feedback for Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

1. With regards to your Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats and with respeft specifically to Section 1 concerning the environment in which a cat is housed

It is stated..

Provide your cat with a safe, comfortable, dry,
draught-free, clean and quiet place where it can
rest undisturbed.

and

Make sure your cat has constant access to
safe hiding places, where it can escape if it
feels afraid.

The requester asks who devised these recommendations and what specific research evidence was used for these ?

2. With regards to this Code of Practice what organisations worked with DEFRA or whatever organisations were utilised by DEFRA in the creation of this Code and in what way ?

3. (a) Specifically did the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association or the British Veterinary Association, or the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons have had input in any way including by means of consultation or feedback and if so could you please disclose what they (respectively) said about it .

4. Do DEFRA have any plans or activities already in progress to emphasise the importance of these welfare recommendations to the organisations listed in (3) above or indeed more widely and if so please provide information

5. Given that the introduction to the Code (which is no part of the code) explains as follows

"Breach of a provision of this Code is not an offence
in itself but, if proceedings are brought against
you for an offence under Section 9 of the Act,
the Court will look at whether or not you have
complied with the Code in deciding whether you
have committed an offence. "

Does DEFRA have any information as to the extent of use of the Code by the RSPCA in its advisory work carried out by inspectors and indeed when cases are brought to court the extent to which the codes are adopted as a instrument of guidance important to the disposal of the legal tests posed by the Animal Welfare Act 1996.

Yours faithfully,

andrew brown

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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andrew brown left an annotation ()

I used the term 1996 in relation to the Animal Welfare Act.

I was in error. The Act is 2006

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