New fly-grazing laws come into force across Yorkshire today

Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by KCFM

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It’s hoped the new laws on fly-grazing will help reduce the number of horses being abandoned across the region.

These new laws will clamp down on people abandoning their horses in a bid to improve the welfare of horses across Yorkshire and the country.

The Control of Horses Act 2015 has changed the law to deter people from illegally grazing or simply abandoning horses.

As many as 500 horses are thought to be illegally fly-grazing on public and private land across the region whilst it’s believed there’s 3,000 nationally.

Minister George Eustice says:

“These changes to the law will give rural communities greater powers to deal with thousands of horses that are left to graze illegally without the landowners’ permission.

“Horses that are left to fly-graze can now be rehomed much more quickly and effectively, improving the welfare of these animals and preventing disruption to communities.

“By allowing abandoned horses to be rehomed much more quickly, this act will encourage owners to pay proper attention to their animals’ welfare and ensure communities are no longer blighted by the illegal practice of fly-grazing.”

CLA President Henry Robinson says:

“We pressed for this new law so that farmers and landowners can act for swift resolution when faced with the problem of horses illegally abandoned on their land. Fly-grazed horses can damage land, crops and fencing, restrict space for livestock and cost money to provide for their welfare and safety.

“It has been very difficult, time-consuming and expensive for landowners to deal with these situations but from today they can take swift action to resolve the problem by, for example, re-homing the horses to charities or privately.”

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Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by KCFM

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