This campaign means so much to so many of us & everyone’s continued support is vital to its success!
But, just for a while please look outside of Leicestershire to our national friends as Horse Crisis is a national wide problem .
Why? Because the Animal Welfare Act 2006 Section 9 (shown below) is being broken in the most horrific circumstances.
SECTION 9 Duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare
(1)A person commits an offence if he does not take such steps as are reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal for which he is responsible are met to the extent required by good practice.
(2)For the purposes of this Act, an animal’s needs shall be taken to include—
(a)its need for a suitable environment,
(b)its need for a suitable diet,
(c)its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns,
(d)any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals, and
(e)its need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
(3)The circumstances to which it is relevant to have regard when applying subsection (1) include, in particular—
(a)any lawful purpose for which the animal is kept, and
(b)any lawful activity undertaken in relation to the animal.
(4)Nothing in this section applies to the destruction of an animal in an appropriate and humane manner.
For those of you who haven’t found it yet, a group of horses are regularly turned out on tidal marshland on the Gower peninsular in Wales. These horses including young foals are regularly subjected to running the gauntlet with the incoming tide resulting in frequent death, highlighted in this Youtube Video
A group of local people have set up their own campaign to try & protect these poor animals & they need all the help & support they can get & who better than the amazing supporters of this campaign for that help?
Please let them know you are with them & please get signing AGAIN! These animals need our voice!
Hope for Horses.
UK to Introduce Central Equine Database after Endorsement of Tougher EU Laws in Wake of Horse Meat Scandal
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.
Equine Sector Council Chair Jeanette Allen said:
“The Equine Sector Council welcomes these proposals which will be a big step forward for horse welfare in the UK and Europe. The new regulations are a triumph for Britain’s horse sector and Defra who have worked closely and collaboratively together to ensure a better system for equine identification. More robust standards of documentation and a central database in every European country will help to reduce fraud and improve traceability, owner accountability and disease control planning across the European Union – so helping to protect the valuable horse sector.”
World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers said:
“Horses in the UK will especially benefit from these tougher laws as the UK’s system of equine identification could arguably be said to be one of the most complex, and abused, systems in Europe. One of the key horse welfare challenges we have is linking a horse to an owner and an overall lack of compliance and enforcement. With more than 75 passport issuing organisations of varying standards and no central database, finding a horse’s owner and enforcing the regulations was effectively impossible. We have always been clear that a central database is a fundamental element in building a system that is more workable and enforceable, which can better protect our horses. Now we need to make sure the revised UK Regulation maximises compliance, something that has been shockingly low up in many areas until now.”
Jeanette continued: “The new regulations will help, but they alone will not solve the problem. A law is only effective if it is enforced, and this is especially true for identification. We will now focus on working with Defra so that they create a central database that is fit for purpose, introduce batch-controlled retrospective microchipping of all horses and ponies and fixed penalties for non-compliance. Government must also support better enforcement which has been a low priority. We look forward to discussing all of these issues with Defra and continuing to work with them on a brighter future for horses in the UK.”