Action on fly grazing

 Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Alun Davies AM, has urged members of the public to report any instances of fly grazing and abandonment of horses and ponies immediately to authorities. Mr Davies said: “The behaviour of those horse owners who seek to avoid their responsibilities through the practice of abandonment or fly grazing will not be tolerated anywhere in Wales.

“I would strongly advise landowners who find themselves victims of fly grazing to come forward and report incidents and any associated anti-social behaviour.”

Mr Davies also said: “During the conversations I have had over recent weeks with the police and with local authorities I have made it absolutely clear what the Welsh Government’s expectations are in respect of the enforcement authorities. What’s called for is the vigorous use of available legislation to respond to fly grazing and abandonment of horses and ponies. I am satisfied that there is a clear commitment and a willingness from all agencies involved to work together in a robust manner to deal with this problem.” Mr Davies stated that he will announce a formal period of consultation on the need for stronger legislation to deal with fly grazing in 2013.

Chief Constable of Gwent Carmel Napier who leads on the issue of fly grazing for the Chief Constables in Wales, commented: “For a number of years parts of Wales have experienced a range of problems associated with dumped or abandoned horses and ponies. The problem is increasing with reports extending to local authority areas in many parts of Wales but especially along the M4 corridor.

“As part of my all-Wales Community Safety portfolio, I will be working with interested parties, including local authorities, the RSPCA and other charities, to formulate an appropriate multi-agency response to combat the issue. We will of course be interested in the outcome of the Welsh Government review of the existing legal framework for tackling fly grazing, and will work closely with Ministers going forward.”

Incidents of fly grazing and any associated anti social behaviour can be reported to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111 or to the police via the 101 number or via email to the Welsh Government at equinepolicy@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

The behaviour of those horse owners who seek to avoid their responsibilities through the practice of abandonment or fly grazing will not be tolerated anywhere in Wales. “I would strongly advise landowners who find themselves victims of fly grazing to come forward and report incidents and any associated anti-social behaviour.”

Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Alun Davies AM

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