New laws to clamp down on people illegally abandoning horses came into force in England on Tuesday 26th May 2015, improving horse welfare standards across the country.
The Control of Horses Act 2015, makes changes to the law to deter people from illegally grazing or simply abandoning horses on public and private land, which is known as „fly-grazing‟.
As many as 3,000 horses are thought to be illegally fly-grazing across the country. The changes mean horse owners who fly-graze their animals without permission can now be dealt with more quickly and effectively.
Under the previous Animals Act 1971 an abandoned horse could only be disposed of after 14 days through sale at market or public auction. The new Act means fly-grazing horses have to be reported to police within 24 hours, and owners now have four days to claim their animals.
Previously, an abandoned horse could only be disposed of through sale at market or public auction. The new law extends the options for dealing with abandoned horses, which now include private sale, gifting and rehoming.