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Blue Cross welcomes new fly grazing law

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Blue Cross has welcomed the passing of new legislation to tackle fly grazing.

The Control of Horses Bill will come into force before the General Election, and will help prevent and resolve more swiftly the practice of placing horses on private and public land without permission. An estimated 3,000 horses are currently suffering from the effects of being fly grazed.

Steve Goody, Blue Cross Deputy Chief Executive, said: “This law will make a huge different to horse welfare, as it means welfare charities and local authorities will be able to step in and help horses in need much more quickly.

“We are delighted that the Government has acted to bring in these measures.”

Many areas of England currently have hundreds of horses fly-grazing and the animals receive little or no care at all.

The updated law will reduce the time a landowner must keep fly grazed horses on their land from two weeks to four working days, and enables horses to taken in by charities like Blue Cross more quickly, meaning they can get the care and attention they need.

The Bill is due to become law in the next fortnight.

Find out why it is time for action to be taken on fly grazing.

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