Animal Welfare Bill 2021

Closed 5 Apr 2021

Opened 8 Mar 2021

Feedback updated 5 May 2021

We asked

We asked for views on a Bill to -

  • enable the application of UK animal welfare legislation to the Island;
  • the making of secondary legislation to support the implementation of the applied UK legislation; and
  • to provide for greater protections for mountain hares.

You said

We received 1,109 responses to the consultation, which were supportive of the Bill's purpose of applying UK animal welfare legislation.

However, the responses also indicated significant support for greater legal protections to be given to mountain hares than were provided for in the Bill.

A consultation summary, with respect to all responses submitted and actions taken by the Department as a consequence, has been published on the consultation page.

We did

In light of the feedback from the consultation a revised Animal Welfare Bill was submitted for first and second reading in the House of Keys on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

The Department will also give further consideration to the policy issues identified by this consultation that did not form part of this Bill.

Results updated 5 May 2021



A four week consultation on the proposed Animal Welfare Bill 2021, which is intended to:

  1. Provide a means of applying, by order that has been consulted upon and approved by Tynwald, specific UK animal welfare legislation to the Island relating to companion Animals (e.g. cats, dogs, horses and other kept animals)
  2. Enable the making of secondary legislation to support the applied legislation
  3. Make provision for greater legal protections for mountain hares

Why your views matter

A consultation is required for all proposed Bills further to the Council of Ministers public engagement and consultation principles [GD 2017/0061].

And the Department wishes to obtain the opinions of interested parties and those who may be affected by the proposed legislation.

Consultation process

The consultation will run for a period of 4 weeks.

Responses to the consultation must be submitted by no later than Monday 5 April 2021.

Responses to the consultation can either be:

  • made via the online questionnaire by clicking 'Online Survey' below
  • submitted via email to or
  • posted to:

Animal Welfare Bill Consultation
DEFA Headquarters,
Thie Slieau Whallian,
Foxdale Road,
St Johns,

If you are responding by email or post then please include all of the following details:

  • your name
  • the address at which we can reply to you (email or postal)
  • if you are responding on behalf of an organisation, the name and type of the organisation (e.g. charity, local authority) and
  • a statement on whether we may publish your response in full, anonymously or not at all

A copy of the Consultation Paper can be downloaded below under 'Related'.

If you have any queries that are not addressed by the information accompanying the consultation please contact:

Karl Cubbon
Legislation, Policy and Research Manager.

Telephone: +44 1624 687143

Reasonable adjustments and alternative formats

The Department is committed to equal opportunities and our aim is to make our documents easy to use and accessible to all of our customers.

We will take steps to accommodate any reasonable adjustments and provide such assistance as you may reasonably require to enable you to access or reply to this consultation.

If you would like to receive this document in another format or need assistance with accessing or replying to this consultation please contact

Storage of personal data

The Department will ensure that data are only retained and used in accordance with GDPR rules.

For more information on GDPR, visit the Government's Data Protection and GDPR on the Isle of Man page.


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