Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Prevention Zone Declared in Response to Spread of H5N8 in Europe
Update – 4th January 2017 – On the 6th December 2016 the Scottish Government declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone covering the whole of Scotland as a precautionary measure that was in response to the spread of H5N8 in Europe. Today they have confirmed that it is to be extended until 28 February 2017. The Prevention Zone remains unchanged and applies to all poultry and captive birds in Scotland. It requires Keepers to continue to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate practical steps to keep them separate from wild birds. You can find further information and advice on the Scottish Government website. Similar legislation covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland and there is also a GB-wide ban on poultry shows and gatherings. How to keep your birds safe from Avian Influenza.
Avian Influenza is an animal health disease affecting poultry and the risk arises from farmed or domestic poultry coming into contact with wild birds and the action was not taken as a public health measure. The advice from Food Standards Scotland is that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
Since 1st October 2016 the process for renewal of Type 1 Transporter Authorisations has changed and authorisations are no longer renewed automatically. Instead, transporters must submit an application for renewal of their Type 1 authorisations. Find out more here
Argyll and Bute Council’s Animal Health Service is responsible for carrying out the Council’s duties in relation to the Animal Health Act 1981 and other associated legislation in relation to Animal Health and Welfare.
Animal Health and Welfare Officers can advise on orders and regulations relevant to Animal Health and Welfare.
Please see below an update on issues arising:
Animal Health and Welfare Role
The principal function of the Animal Health and Welfare Section is: -
a) to prevent the introduction and control the spread of contagious diseases, including some which may constitute a risk to human health (e.g. Anthrax, Rabies and Tuberculosis), and
b) ensuring the welfare needs of animals and birds are met
We do this by:
Visiting livestock markets
Officers visit livestock markets to;
- ensure high welfare standards are maintained for the livestock in the market and during transportation to and from the market;
- monitor compliance with bio-security rules that are in place to reduce the risk of any potential spread of disease;
- ensure the livestock at the market are correctly identified and are moved with the correct paperwork;
- Look for any sign of disease.
Carry out transit checks
- stop (with the support of the police )and inspect vehicles transporting animals to ensure that high welfare standards are maintained for animals during their journey;
- ensure that the vehicles are constructed and used correctly for the transportation of the appropriate species of animal;
- ensure that animals are correctly identified and are moved with the correct paperwork.
Visiting livestock holdings
Officers will carry out an inspection of and provide advice and assistance on:
- farm livestock records;
- veterinary medicine records;
- animal movement licences and passports;
- livestock identification;
- disposal of livestock carcases;
- livestock vehicles – construction and cleanliness.
Other areas of work
- Monitoring movements of pigs;
- Investigation of complaints in relation to animal health and welfare;
- Helping to maintain Contingency Plans which when deployed assist in the control of diseases such as Rabies and Foot and Mouth Disease;
- Investigation of any import and export of animals alleged to be in breach of regulations;
- Visits to premises which are subject to license conditions such as zoos and premises keeping animals listed as “dangerous wild animals” as requested by Environmental Health;
- Providing advice and assistance on Animal Health and Welfare Legislation.