APGAW and the APPG for the Horse have released a report outlining their serious concerns for horse and ponies in England. Problems surrounding abandoned and neglected horses are growing and need urgent tackling. The horsemeat scandal was just one of the horrendous consequences of an inadequate identification system and the escalating equine population."

Neil Parish MP, Chair of APGAW stated:

"Uncontrolled equine populations and the failure to identify ownership has led to a real problem that we now see as one of our key welfare issues to tackle. It is costing fortunes for local authorities and charities to deal with and soon they are going to exhaust their resources meaning thousands of horses will be left to suffer."

The report proposes a number of achievable solutions which has been sent to Ministers at DEFRA and Members of Parliament.  Baroness Mallaleui who chairs the APPG for the Horse said:

"There is a clear opportunity to really tackle the problems relating to equines including fly-grazing and abandoned horses which Defra should take advantage of and which would address the current unfairness of a system which does not penalise those who fail to abide by it."

The report can be read here