Wild ponies of Bodmin Moor are ‘dying of neglect’

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Over the past few weeks the Cornish landscape has been littered with decomposed animals and ponies so badly emaciated they have no hope of surviving.
The ponies have roamed the West Country moor land for thousands of years but are now suffering appalling neglect.

Animal welfare charities are very concerned and are trying to keep an eye on the ponies. The Government is aware of the problem but admits that identifying the owners is virtually impossible.

Faye Stacey, a pony welfare officer said “I’m watching ponies starve to death and I am frustrated because all I can do is record it.”
“The situation on this moor is totally unacceptable and it is unclear as to why the authorities are willing to turn a blind eye when there is so much suffering and neglect on show.”

Over the last three weeks five carcasses have been found on the moor. The charity reported their findings to Trading Standards and the Department for Environmental Food and Rural Affairs, but claim that little action was taken.

Bodmin ponies are owned by farmers, by law they have to care for them and feed them over the winter. However, tracking them down can be difficult as many of the ponies are not micro-chipped and few have identifiable features.

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