The important work being carried out by The British Horse Society (BHS) and fellow agencies in Cleveland received a boost recently, when MP for Redcar Ian Swales visited one of the passport and micro-chipping sessions in Southbank, where the need to properly identify the huge equine population is widely considered a priority.
The North is a particular black spot for tethered, loose, fly-grazed and abandoned horses. The BHS, RSPCA, Local Authority Animal Health and Welfare teams along with the Police, believe that making passports and micro-chipping more accessible (and therefore more widespread), will ultimately simplify the management of equine related issues for the authorities.
Mr Swales was impressed with what he saw on a day when over forty horses and ponies were seen and identified by Liam Gamble MRCVS from the Oaklands Veterinary Practice in Yarm.
As a result of his visit, in early July our ‘fantastic work’ was highlighted in a House of Commons debate on illegally tethered horses where we received very favourable comments for ‘trying to bring such horses into legal ownership’.
A meeting will soon take place between BHS Welfare and Members of Parliament with horse-related issues in their constituencies, whereby workable solutions to some of the current problems can be identified and taken forward.