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I am writing to you as your constituent about a subject that matters to me a great deal: horse welfare. As I am sure you will know equine charities do excellent work rescuing horses in need, rehabilitating them and finding them loving new homes. However, as charities their resources are limited – and now, as the number of horses in need continues to rise, they are warning of an impending crisis this winter. An estimated 6,000 horses are at risk across England and Wales, and with 2,800 already in charity centres, should even a fraction of those 6,000 horses need rescuing, the charities may be simply unable to help. If action is not taken now, there is even a chance that local authorities may be forced to cull horses. As a nation of animal lovers, this is the last thing that anyone in the UK would want to see. Working together, equine charities including World Horse Welfare, the RSPCA, Redwings, The Blue Cross, The British Horse Society and HorseWorld have produced a report setting out the huge problems facing our horses, and potential solutions, such as: • Improving equine identification to ensure that the owners of fly grazing or abandoned horses can be identified; • Criminal legislation to deal with fly grazing, alongside help and guidance for land-owners who have horses placed on their land without permission; • Better coordination between enforcement agencies, sharing of best practice, and support for local authorities; • A review of the Tripartite Agreement; • Strong guidance for potential horse breeders in an effort to reduce the breeding of poor quality horses with limited future prospects – these horses are at high risk of becoming welfare cases. As an MP I know that you are able to influence government – I am asking you now to please write to the Secretary of State for DEFRA, asking him to take action before it is too late. The welfare charities are working to share the burden and improve horse welfare but if just a fraction of the 6,000 at risk horses need help this winter, they will be overwhelmed. Government agencies, local authorities and the equine charities all need to work together to implement the measures needed to safeguard horse welfare. The charities are ready: I hope that you will now join their efforts to avert this crisis. Thank you for your time.
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