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animal welfare

The Department of Livestock Development (DLD) works to maintain and improve domestic and international animal welfarein collaboration with governmental agencies, private sectors, academic institutions and NGOs. DLD hasprimary responsibility for promoting and regulatinganimal welfarethrough good animal farming practice in the country. Several rules and guidelines on animal welfare practice particularly in poultry, swine and dairy production system have been developed and implemented among farmers and food business operators.


Animal welfare encompasses all aspects of animal health and well-being. Thai's animal welfare strategies involve:

  • government and non-government organizations
  • veterinary and community groups
  • animal industries
  • animal welfare groups, and
  • Individual animal owners and handlers.

DLD launched the animal welfare rules and guidelinessince 2001which focus on farmed animals includingpoultry, swine and dairy cattle. DLD’s rules included animal welfare practice at farm or a place to live, transportation and slaughtering.

To see more details on animal welfare rules, please click below (Thai version):

(Remark: The English version will be available soon.)

The Animal Welfare Act of Thailand has been submitted to the Houseof Parliament. It has been part of the process set out the law. The Act harmonized animal welfare standards amongst farmed species and aimed to ensure that the welfare of non-farmed and companion animal species are protected to similar levels.

What does the Animal Welfare Act do?

It makes owners and keepers responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of their animals are met. These include the following needs:

  • For a suitable environment (place to live),
  • For a suitable diet,
  • To exhibit normal behaviour patterns,
  • To be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable),
  • To be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease.