The fight over illegally tethered horses goes on
February 18, 2013
The campaign over the problem of illegally tethered horses in York continues to rumble on and last week Julian meet with David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs at the RSPCA to raise the matter once more.
Following the meeting, Julian said “Discussions centred around three major areas on which to tackle this highly visible horse crisis affecting not only York but the whole Country. Firstly consider trying to reduce the supply of horses coming into the Country as numbers have jumped over the last few years, secondly making it an offence to deliberately abandon horses on private and public land through better definition of fly grazing in the animal welfare act and thirdly reinstatement of the National Equine Database. The last point I have raised directly with DEFRA ministers, because to my mind without a national database, horse passports are ineffective and enforcement is much more difficult and I don’t think we should give local trading standards any reason to duck this difficult issue.”