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Animal Welfare Law: Affect On Pest Control

The new Animal Welfare Law came into force on 29th June 2021. The law covers many aspects of animal welfare. The aim is to give greater protection for animals against unnecessary human cruelty, in part by increasing prison sentences for those who flout lawful regulations. Campaigners for animal rights have welcomed this law, and say it goes a long way to tackling needless harm. Pets, livestock and wild animals are all included in the law.

How does the law affect pest control services?

You may be surprised to learn that there is a hot debate around this issue that directly affects what pest control companies do.

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As well as bringing new measures into law, the Animal Welfare Law also gives a commitment to examine various practices and to decide if they should be banned. The main issue that affects pest control, is the ban on glue boards. It is likely that these will have a ban put on them, unless the government can be convinced otherwise. There are two main reasons for their ban. That they are inhumane, and that other animals (apart from the intended pests) can become caught in them, potentially endangering wildlife and as well as not being safe pest control around pets.

The issues surrounding use of glue boards

Up until now, anyone has been able to buy glue traps and use them. So, members of the public may not use them safely or in a sensible manner. They may be inadvertently  endangering other animals. The BPCA (British Pest Control Association) is campaigning to keep glue boards legal.

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They see them as an essential part of pest control services when dealing with rodents. They are part of the toolkit of professionals. Therefore, they oppose the ban. The proposed ban is being brought forward as a Private Members’ Bill, and has a lot of support, including from Lord Goldsmith and DEFRA. Many animal welfare campaigners also support it.

Other things the Animal Welfare Law may affect

You may be interested to know some of the other measures that are included in the Animal Welfare Law. Microchipping for cats has become compulsory. There are plans to crack down on pet theft, and primates may no longer be kept as pets. The government will fund more conservation projects to help wildlife. There is a ban on importing endangered animals that have been killed in the sport known as “trophy hunting.”

Our pest control service aims to keep people safe by removing pests. Diamond take pest control health and safety very seriously. Who would have thought our practices could become such a hot topic?


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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