Horse charity reports rise in animal intake

David Boyd with a horse taken in by fly grazing David Boyd with a horse taken in by fly grazing

Friday, December 20, 2013
11:46 AM

A horse welfare charity has reported a stark rise in the number of animals it has taken in this year.

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World Horse Welfare, based in Snetterton, has taken in 428 horses this year, compared to 284 in 2012 - a 73 per cent increase.

Roly Owers, chief executive, said the horse meat scandal had put horses firmly in the public eye.

“As grim as the horsemeat scandal was, it opened the public’s eyes to the murky trade that charities like World Horse Welfare know only too well.

“The fact is that horses are largely unregulated, untraceable and so overbred that they are available to purchase for next to nothing, indeed sometimes it is difficult to give a horse away.”

The charity’s rescue and rehoming centres are “full to bursting”, according to Mr Owers.

It has been working with other groups to bring in tougher laws against fly grazing, he added.

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