Move to halt fly-grazing
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.”
Has fly-grazing caused you problems? Email bucksnews@ trinitysouth.co.uk.