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Scottish Welfare Resources

Equine Welfare is a devolved issue in Scotland, with the exception of the veterinary professions, veterinary medicines and international negotiations animal (and therefore equines) welfare is a devolved issue – which means legislation, regulations and the resources available to protect animals that live in Scotland falls to the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government. 

In 2006 the Animal Health and Welfare Scotland Act modernized and consolidated animal welfare legislation. 

BHS Scotland works with Scottish Government and other partners listed below to ensure our industry and all  Scottish equines get the best representation they can, we also work to educate horse owners on their responsibilities. BHS Scotland was a key author of Scotland’s Code of Practice for the Welfare of Equidae (highly recommended reading for every Scottish horse owner) which places a great duty of care alongside equine ownership. This is based on the five freedoms;
Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - for example, by providing ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
Freedom from Discomfort - for example, by providing an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area
Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - for example, by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - for example, by providing sufficient space for habitation and exercise, proper facilities and company, as appropriate
Freedom from Fear and Distress - for example, by ensuring conditions and treatment, which avoid mental suffering

Please contact Helene Mauchlen or our welfare team on any Scottish welfare issue.

Scottish Welfare Resources

The Equine Animal (Identification) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 

Scotland’s Code of Practice for the Welfare of Equidae 

Horse passports: guidance for owners, keepers, veterinarians and local authorities 2020 


How to prevent the spread of ragwort: guidance 

BHS Scotland Ragwort Guidance   

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