HorseWorld Trust and MP Luke Hall meet with DEFRA to discuss the #BreakTheChain campaign.

HorseWorld Trust, a Bristol based equine rescue charity, have been campaigning to improve enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 with the aim to improve the lives of tethered horses in the UK.

The RSPCA recorded 5,000 calls about tethered horses in 2018 and while tethered horses are protected by the Animal Welfare Act they are often left suffering for far too long before charities can intervene. This is because in some areas, in the absence of local authority employed animal welfare inspectors, only the police can seize an animal in distress and this can lead to missed opportunities to prevent suffering.

The roundtable meeting held in DEFRA’s head office on the 6th of June 2019 brought together key stakeholders from major equine rescue charities and DEFRA policy officials. Luke Hall, MP for Thornbury and Yate held an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on the 20th of February this year which led to the roundtable meeting being secured. The roundtable meeting was led by DEFRA Minister David Rutley.

The meeting was a crucial next step in deciding what actions need to be taken to improve enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and has resulted in a follow up meeting will take place to discuss how best to go about ensuring local authorities have a plan in place to deal with Equines and to devise strategies to disseminate codes of practice.

HorseWorld Managing Director, Mark Owen said: “The roundtable meeting was extremely productive and certainly discussed some approaches that we hope will dramatically improve equine welfare in the future.”

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Article by: Keeley Mitson

Posted on: 21st June 2019