Horses in England and Wales are facing crisis as the number of abandonments soar and rescue space becomes increasingly scarce. The RSPCA and other major horse charities are calling on the government in Westminster to take urgent action to help horses.
Join us in calling on the Government to respond to the rising horse crisis!
Report: Left on the verge - In the grip of a horse crisis is a joint RSPCA report released in June 2013 in partnership with Blue Cross, British Horse Society, HorseWorld, Redwings and World Horse Welfare, warned that over 7,000 horses in England and Wales are at risk of suffering. Complaints investigated by RSPCA inspectors have risen 16 fold since 2012 and calls to Redwings on abandoned horses were up by 75 per cent in the first quarter of 2013.
In 2012, The RSPCA took in 760 horses - the highest number ever. We are over-capacity with horses and we are unable to cope with the soaring demand.
Urgent action is needed!
The Government needs to respond to the horse crisis and deal with the numbers of horses being imported, the numbers being abandoned and the lack of control in the passport system.
What the Westminster Government can do
- Introduce legislation targeting 'fly grazing' (abandoning horses on private land without permission) to make it easier for enforcement agencies and landowners to take action against horses that are abandoned.
- An overhaul of the failing horse passport system that is intended to link horse with owner - A staggering 70% of horses the RSPCA receive have no identified owner.
What can I do to help?
- Join us in calling on the Government in Westminster to take urgent action to address the crisis, to deal with the numbers of horses being illegally abandoned and the lack of enforcement in the horse passport system. Take action now!