Police sign up to the safer horse rescues protocol

The Safer Horse Rescues Protocol was developed by The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) in association with The British Horse Society and the Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that horse related incidents including road accidents on the can be dealt with in a knowledgeable and safe way to ensure the welfare of the horse involved as well as reassuring the general public that expert help will be at hand quickly.

HorseWorld volunteer consultant, Amanda Cranston said “Avon and Somerset Police having acknowledged the importance of this campaign is vital and extremely welcome. They are, as far as we know, one of the first Constabularies to take part and we hope that more will follow their lead. Knowledge of the Protocol and how to use it in the event of an equine-related road traffic accident is essential to try, as far as possible, to limit the distress to the animal and safeguard the public.

Following a tragic accident at Bitton, Bristol last summer, the campaign has gained new momentum in the area led by Amanda who said “The next step is for other constabularies across the country to follow in the footsteps of Avon and Somerset so that when accidents do happen the public can feel reassured that professional and competent help is at hand and unnecessary suffering to any horses involved can be avoided”.

Posted on: 26th February 2010