Government should prevent ‘equine squatting’

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The British Horse Society (BHS) has called on the government to take action on the so-called equine squatting that is occurring throughout the UK.

As new legislation has come into force this month that will protect homeowners from squatters, the equine charity has called on the government to make horse squatting a criminal offence also.

The BHS believes similar legislation is needed to protect owners of fields from the indiscriminate practice of "fly grazing", which is seen in a number of areas in the country.

Director of access, safety and welfare at the BHS Mark Weston said landowners are in an impossible situation if horse owners refuse to remove their equine or do not come forward to claim ownership.

"They need legislation to protect and assist them with this problem. At present it can be extremely expensive and upsetting for landowners to secure the removal of such horses from their land," Mr Weston continued.

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