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Fly-grazing Law Welcomed by Welfare & Rural Organisations

19 March 2015

UK - Years of lobbying has culminated in the passing of The Control of Horses Bill, which will now become law before the General Election in May, writes Gemma Hyland.

It started as a Private Members’ Bill by Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer and the new legislation will help deter and swiftly resolve cases of ‘fly-grazing’ – the practice of placing horses on private and public land without permission.

It will bring England into line with Wales, which introduced a similar law in early 2014 and may have led to the practice growing in England where charities estimate that the number of horses fly-grazed to be more than 3,000, causing misery for horses, communities and taxpayers.

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers said: “After almost three years of campaigning, all of the organisations in our coalition are delighted that Julian Sturdy MP’s Private Members Bill has successfully been passed and will become law before the election.

"This law will make a big difference to horse welfare, as charities have been struggling to help the thousands of horses being bred indiscriminately and kept without proper care. It will also help landowners, farmers, communities and taxpayers as it will make action to remove horses much more swift, straightforward and less expensive to take.

"The success of the Welsh legislation demonstrates that these laws will work if they are used – so do use them. We are all immensely grateful to Julian who fought so hard to get this Bill on the table, and successfully secured cross-party backing through Parliament.”

NFU Deputy President Minette Batters added: “The new legislation will enable farmers and landowners to remove unwanted horses from their land and in a much more straightforward way while action will be less expensive to take. Farmers can suffer significant financial losses caused by fly-grazing so they need the option of taking action quickly to reduce or prevent damage.

“The law will also make a big difference to horse welfare, as charities have been struggling to help the thousands of horses being bred indiscriminately and kept without proper care.”

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor



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