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Scottish Equine Welfare Conference

10 Apr 2014 09:30 - 17:00

The horse crisis, horsemeat fraud, identification, transport, dealers – all of these are current, real and sombre threats to the welfare of our horses and ponies and all will be addressed at a conference run jointly by BHS Scotland, World Horse Welfare and the Scottish Government on the 10 April at Belwade Farm, Aboyne in Aberdeenshire.

This meeting counts towards CPD for welfare representatives and local authority trading standard and animal health officers. The day is entitled ‘The Steps we must take to better protect Scotland’s Equidae’. It will feature cutting edge speakers in all the major current challenges to equine welfare.

BHS Scotland Chairman Professor Derek Knottenbelt said: “This important conference is being held at a crucial time as we try and ensure that changes being driven by Europe are the correct ones; threats to equine welfare through ignorance,  disease and lack of properly enforced policy will be under the spotlight. Days like this hopefully help engender meaningful consensus among the key stakeholders.  

“This conference also allows us to affect decisions in a positive and forward looking way. Scotland is leading the way on the multi-agency approach to tackling present equine welfare and other issues, and this day-long forum will include policy makers, enforcers, equine charities and approval bodies – it is partnerships like these and the consequent information dissemination that will lead to us building a better world for Scotland’s horses and ponies. ”

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