but I wanted to let you know that anyone can use this number.
Last year the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) established a new phone number to use for reporting any suspected animal welfare offences - 0800 00 83 33. The new number also deals with all nationwide general MAF enquiries.So, at last, you can use it if you are worried about animals you are seeing... including livestock.
stakeholders to get in touch. For veterinarians, the concern they are reporting to MAF may be
are believed to have compromised welfare or be suffering unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress.
Animal Welfare Inspectors (from MAF or SPCA) rely upon information received in order
to investigate complaints. They do have the power to prosecute, but the first approach in all but the
most serious situations is normally educative. As such, their role can be seen as complementary to the
professional role of veterinarians, as stated in the Code of Professional Conduct, of preventing and relieving