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ISPCA is Urging Owners to 'Hold Your Horses'

14 August 2014

IRELAND - The ISPCA is urging owners to show more horse sense in a bid to tackle Ireland’s equine over-population crisis.

According to the charity, too many owners are allowing their horses to breed, with the result that the country is being flooded with low value foals.

With no market for them, many of these animals are abandoned, seriously neglected or acquired by people without the adequate knowledge or means to properly care for them.

The ISPCA and horse lover Gillian Quinn are urging horse owners to put a stop to the irresponsible breeding of horses which is resulting in a severe equine over-population crisis.

Gillian is urging owners to take measures now and ensure their horses do not breed unwanted foals.

"Horses are magnificent and gentle creatures, it breaks my heart to see so many unwanted foals neglected, abandoned and worse still badly abused", says Gillian.

According to the charity the country is now flooded with low value foals. With no market for them, many of these animals are abandoned, seriously neglected or acquired by people without the adequate knowledge or means to properly care for them. In worst case scenarios unwanted horses are being brutally abused and mistreated.

ISPCA Chief Executive Dr Andrew Kelly says: “the only real way to deal with the equine over-population crisis is for owners to take a more responsible attitude by ensuring their colts are professionally castrated at the appropriate age.

"The fundamental reason for the epidemic of equine welfare problems that we are encountering is the fact that equines are too readily available and, in many cases, at too low a cost. The problems are compounded by a lack of accountability and traceability due to non-compliance with equine identification legislation and, of course, continued indiscriminate breeding."

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