Public consultation launched to help tackle fly grazing

THE Welsh Government has launched an eight week public consultation on finding a long-term solution to fly grazing and abandonment of horses in Wales.

Large numbers of horses have been abandoned in publicly owned spaces, on common land and on private land.

“The Welsh Government vision is for a fly grazing free Wales with a zero tolerance approach to the unacceptable social, economic and environmental harm,” says Agriculture Minister, Alun Davies.

“The nuisance often impacts on public safety, on communities, public and privately owned land, the agricultural industry, the welfare of the animals concerned, as well as placing financial burdens on both individuals and the tax payer.

“Partnership working between enforcement agencies and welfare organisations has meant that this issue has been tackled head on through a co-ordinated approach.

“The consultation seeks to build on this by looking at the current legislative framework to see whether it addresses the situation appropriately and effectively, identify whether there are gaps and what if anything the Welsh Government may do to provide a solution to deal with fly grazing in Wales.

“With no one single piece of legislation to address the issue the consultation seeks views on how the Welsh Government might deliver measures to provide uniformity of standards across Wales, a legal framework enabling enforcement authorities to effectively deter large scale incidents of fly grazing or abandonment of horses and ponies.”

Feedback would be used to help shape the next phase in tackling fly grazing and delivering a long-term solution.

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