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ANIMAL WELFARE & firearms
Knights Solicitors are well-known for defending animal welfare and related proceedings, including prosecutions under the Farm Animal Welfare Codes, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, for clients throughout England and Wales. Typically, we act for individuals in the agricultural sector as well as a variety of defendants ranging from circuses to individual pet owners. These proceedings are brought principally by the RSPCA or by Trading Standards and are frequently defended against a background of media interest.
Frequently acting for farmers and landholders, Knights Solicitors appeals against public nuisance abatement notices and those facing prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. In addition, we act for owners and managers of livestock, providing advice and representation in relation to animal tagging and movement records.
We act for firearms licence-holders in appeals against revocation or variation in licences to hold firearms, including shotguns. Further, we act for individuals and businesses such as commercial and estate shoots in prosecutions brought under the Firearms Act 1968.