RSPCA calls for ‘tougher laws’ on horse-owners

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Top animal authorities have urged the government to consider new laws on horse ownership in light of new statistics.

The six horse charities, including the RSPCA, spoke out against an equine 'crisis', which has shown a marked rise in neglected animals.

A shocking report has revealed how 7,000 animals had been abandoned or were at severe risk. The charities want to limit illegal 'fly-grazing' on other people's land, which allows many people to desert their horses without looking back.

Roly Owers, World Horse Welfare chief executive, said: “What we need is better legislation and enforcement to hold irresponsible owners to account and more support for local authorities" to help them deal with extreme cases of horse neglect.

With the country barely out of the recession and mounting vet bills, many people can no longer afford to keep their animals. Charities urge owners to remember their commitment on purchase and think about their horse's welfare.

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