Animal Welfare

The welfare of animals is always at the centre of everything we do. We are founder members of the Animal Consultants and Trainers Association (ACTA) which was established as a professional body to ensure the highest standards of best practice, health and safety and animal welfare.

Fully trained, caring handlers. All of our trainers and animal handlers are fully trained to current NVQ standards. Cindy Newman, owner of Animals Galore, is an assessor in 'Animals in the Media' and trains many people who come into the industry.

Legislation also guides the use and handling of animals in the UK and Europe. We monitor and keep up-to-date with all relevant legislation.

Movement Orders are necessary for certain types of animals. We can advise on this aspect and obtain all neccessary orders as required.

Veterinary attendance is now required on all commercials and film sets using animals. We can arrange a vet for your production or give you a list of approved vets. We always recommend ACTA vets. They are familiar with animals on set and comply with the ACTA guidelines.

Performing Animals Licence. We hold a current performing animals licence.

Public Liability Insurance. We have a comprehensive public liability insurance.

If you have any questions about our policy on animal welfare or would like to discuss your project please contact us. Telephone: 01342 842400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Animal Consultants and Trainers Association logo

ACTA is the organisation which represents many of Europe's leading animal consultants and trainers and their veterinary surgeons.

ACTA members have vast experience in the field of media use of animals whether stills, stage, advertising, television or film.

ACTA members are vetted prior to membership and operate to a strict Animal Welfare Code of Practice

ACTA was founded in 1989 by 15 of the most highly regarded and experienced companies specialising in the casting, preparation, provision and expert supervision of Animals for filming and photography.The major aims of ACTA are to promote and ensure the highest standards of safety and welfare in the preparation and supervision of animals for filming and photography, and its members subscribe to and actively promote the following aims.

1. At all times to ensure correct planning and preparation for each assignment, prior to any Animal being provided and expertly supervised for filming and photography.

2. At all times to examine in detail the requirements of each assignment and to advise prospective clients of the suitability and viability of the assignment with respect to the capabilities and welfare of the animal(s) envisaged.

3. At all times to ensure the highest quality Animal Husbandry when providing and supervising Animals for filming and photography.

Click here to visit the ACTA website.