Move to halt fly-grazing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

CALLS are be­ing made to put a stop to horse own­ers let­ting their an­i­mals graze un­law­fully.

The Coun­try Land and Business As­so­ci­a­tion (CLA) is work­ing with an­i­mal wel­fare char­i­ties and ru­ral groups for a change in laws in Eng­land.

Robin Ed­wards, CLA di­rec­tor for the South-East, said: “Fly-grazing horses is a se­ri­ous prob­lem that cre­ates a range of chal­lenges in terms of the horse’s wel­fare, dam­age to land, and a safety risk for mo­torists when horses es­cape on to roads.

“In 2013, the RSPCA re­ceived 322 calls about horse aban­don­ment in Bucks, with a to­tal of 1,143 horses re­ported aban­doned in the county.”

The CLA says it is very dif­fi­cult for farm­ers and landown­ers to take ac­tion to re­move aban­doned horses from their land or to link ir­re­spon­si­ble own­ers to their an­i­mals.

Mr Ed­wards added: “It is time for the gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion to make changes to leg­is­la­tion that will en­able lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and landown­ers to take swift and cost-ef­fec­tive ac­tion when they are suf­fer­ing from this prob­lem.”

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