The public are being asked to encourage their local MPs to attend a debate at Westminster Hall on Tuesday, 26 November to call for tougher laws on 'fly grazing'.

Fly grazing (pictured above, World Horse Welfare) is the practice of leaving horses on land to fend for themselves without permission. 

Current laws do not allow swift action in cases of fly grazing as up to eight different pieces of legislation can apply depending on the situation. This then requires legal advice and a lengthy process to resolve the situation. 

The Welsh Government has fast tracked proposals for the Control of Horses bill, which allows authorities to tackle fly grazing more directly.

Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare said,

"Welfare charities believe Westminster should introduce similar laws or the problem will simply continue to move over the border and many hundreds of horses will suffer. This problem will not go away on its own.  The law is not fit for purpose and local authorities need the tools and resources to act"

David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs for the RSPCA said, "If Westminster does not join Wales in bringing in tougher laws they will sleepwalk into a worsening of the horse crisis in England."

There is evidence that this is already happening. After a Welsh authority put pressure on fly grazers, hundreds of horses believed to come from Wales were moved to locations in Hampshire and Surrey where they were left to fend for themselves and escape onto major roads. Dozens had to be rescued by the RSPCA and Redwings Horse Sanctuary. 

To contact MPs and ask them to attend the Westminster Hall debate and call for England to take action against this growing and damaging practice which is causing severe horse welfare problems, threats to the livelihoods of farmers and risks and disruption to local communities click here: http://bit.ly/Um6rKc