Contacts

Here are some suggestions of who you can write to:

The Prime Minister
The Prime Minister is head of the UK government and is ultimately responsible for the policy and decisions of the government.
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
Email: click here
Address: 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA

Defra (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs)
Defra are the UK government department responsible for the law on animal welfare. Their priorities are: “to grow the rural economy, improve the environment and safeguard animal and plant health”.
DEFRA website
Email: helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Address: Customer Contact Unit, 7th Floor, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for farming, food and marine environment: George Eustice MP (email: george.eustice.mp@parliament.uk)

APGAW (Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare)
APGAW is an all-party group made up of MPs, Peers and associate animal welfare organisations or groups with a specific interest in this area.  The aim of the Group is to promote and further the case of animal welfare by all means available to the Parliaments at Westminster and in Europe.  APGAW seeks to influence the development and introduction of effective wide-ranging legislation to improve welfare and also acts as a discussion forum of politicians and welfare experts to look at areas of concern.
APGAW website
Email: admin@apgaw.org
Address: Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, c/o Office of Neil Parish MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Your local MP
Everyone has the right to contact their local MP.  They can assist their constituents in a variety of ways including raising matters publicly in the House of Commons.  You can also ask your MP to attend APGAW meetings.
To find your local MP and their contact details enter your postcode here

Your local authority
Local authorities are responsible for enforcing the laws of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and have powers to investigate allegations of poor animal welfare.
You can find contact details for your local council here
If you are not satisified with their actions you can use their complaints procedure, and then the Local Government Ombudsman (www.lgo.org.uk).

Trading Standards Institute
Trading standards is a local authority regulatory service and, amongst other things, are responsible for enforcing horse passports.  You can find your local trading standards service by entering your postcode here

RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The RSPCA investigate cases of neglect or cruelty to animals and campaign for changes to the law.
RSPCA Website
Cruelty line: 0300 1234 999
Email: click here
Address: RSPCA Advice Team, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 9RS

World Horse Welfare
An international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and around the world through education, campaigning, and hands-on care.
World Horse Welfare Website
Welfare line: 08000 480180 or 01953 497231 (08:00-17:30 Mon-Fri)
Email: info@worldhorsewelfare.org
Address: World Horse Welfare, Anne Colvin House, Snetterton, Norfolk, NR16 2LR

The British Horse Society
Provide welfare services to horses and advice for owners.  Campaign and lobby for key equestrian issues on behalf of all horses and riders and offer the the world’s leading equestrian qualifications and approvals system.
http://www.bhs.org.uk/
Welfare line: 02476 840517
Email: enquiry@bhs.org.uk
Address: The British Horse Society, Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2XZ

The Cross-Party Group for Animal Welfare in Scotland
To provide a forum for opinion and information-sharing about animal welfare; to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare; where consensus is reached. to make proposals to introduce or amend legislation concerning animal welfare.
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/41364.aspx
Email: christine.grahame.msp@scotish.parliament.uk
Contact: Christine Grahame MSP
Tel: 0131 348 5729 / 01896 759575
Address: Room M5.03, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

All Party Parliamentary Group of the Horse
To promote the welfare of horses (including all equines, horse riders and users) and matters affecting the horse industry.
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/horse.htm
Contact: Mr Roger Williams MP
Tel: 020 7219 8145
Address: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

The National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC)
Works to protect horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, by providing support, guidance and a communication forum to equine organisations, businesses and charities to help raise equine welfare standards nationwide.
www.newc.co.uk
Tel: 02476 840703
Email info@newc.co.uk
Address: Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2XZ

British Horse Industry Confederation
Launched on 3 March 1999 to enable the British Horse industry to speak to government with a single, united voice. Aim is to work in a spirit of positive cooperation with government and other authorities to best serve the interests of horses and riders.
BHIC Website
Email: bhic@bef.co.uk
Address: c/o British Equestrian Federation, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH