Animal Disease Outbreaks Health and Welfare of Farmed Animals The Council employs trained Animal Welfare Officers who will undertake inspections of farms and small holdings to ensure the health and welfare of the animals, their traceability, and any controls on their movements, to prevent the spread of disease. Animal Diseases The Council also has a statutory role in prevention and controlling the spread (biosecurity) of animal diseases such as Foot And Mouth Disease, Bluetongue, and Avian influenza (Bird Flu) during outbreaks. Avian Flu APHA have announced that new housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will come into force from 00:01 on Monday 29 November. This means it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread and to eradicate the disease. More information can be found on the government website. Cases of Avian Influenza (otherwise known as Bird Flu) have been confirmed in the north west of England.Avian Influenza is a disease which mainly affects birds, but on rare occasions, it can affect mammals including humans. It is important that you do not pick up any sick or dead birds to avoid spreading the virus. If you find dead wild birds report them to DEFRA on 0345 933 5577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The government provides advice on what to do if you find dead or sick birds. If anyone has an queries contact email@example.com Investigation of Complaints about Animal Health and Welfare Officers will also investigate complaints from members of the public concerned about the welfare of farmed animals, or animals in licensed premises such as pet shops, horse riding establishments etc. Concerns about the health and welfare of domestic animals (pets) however should be referred to the RSPCA. A full range of detailed guidance covering the law on the welfare of livestock including transport and animal diseases can be found on the Business Companion website.