New law will clamp down on illegal fly grazing

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Concerns for fly grazing horses may at last be allayed as a new law clamps down on the practice.

The Control of Horses Act 2015 came into force on Tuesday, May 26, improving horse welfare standards across the country.

South West Beds MP Andrew Selous said: “ I strongly support this bill given that it will give us the ability to rescue abandoned horses within 96 hours. This bill will add further protection for horses.”

The new Act means fly-grazing horses have to be reported to police within 24 hours. Owners will have up to four days to claim their animals.

Options for dealing with abandoned horses will also be extended, including offering them for private sale, gifting and rehoming.