CONTROL OF HORSES BILL 2014-15
MP Julian Sturdy’s Control of Horses Bill 2014-2015, which seeks to extend the existing Bill to include private land, has successfully progressed without amendment through both the House of Commons and House of Lords. It now just awaits its final stage (Royal Assent) in order to become an Act of Partliament. Full details can be found here
DEFRA FINALLY ANNOUNCES TO CREATE ONE CENTRALIZED DATABASE
The UK is to establish a much needed new central equine database as part of a more robust – and enforceable – equine identification (horse passport) system after EU member states endorsed proposals for stronger regulations after flaws were laid bare in last year’s horse meat scandal. – See more at: http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/Article/UK-to-Introduce-Central-Equine-Database-after-Endorsement-of-Tougher-EU-Laws-in-Wake-of-Horse-Meat-Scandal#sthash.i5KuUjek.dpuf
END OF ON-LINE PETITION
Our HM Government e-petition closes on 30/03/2015. Towards the end of 2014 we took the decision to concentrate our energies on our paper petition rather than the online petition because it had reached far fewer signatures (less than 3,000). We think the reason may have been because confirmation emails were not being acknowledged. Our paper petition can be used as a tool to engage with people who may not normally have anything to do with horses but can understand when things are blatantly wrong. This means it can be taken to events / gatherings of all sorts and will actively help us spread the word and hopefully inspire others to take up the cause. Each sheet holds 16 signatures so friends and colleagues can be “pounced on” in a way that an e-petition can never do. Please download as many copies as you need & return to our PO Box as shown on the petition.