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Horses: Animal Welfare

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legislation includes provisions relating to the tethering of horses; what amendments have been made to this legislation since it was passed; and if he will make a statement. (177572)

The Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act 1988 created a specific offence under the Protection of Animals Act 1911 of causing unnecessary suffering to a horse, ass or mule by the manner or condition of its tethering. The Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act was repealed and replaced by the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Under the 2006 Act, it is a criminal offence to either cause unnecessary suffering to—or fail to provide for the welfare needs of—any domestic or captive animal. If a horse is tethered in such a manner as to cause it to suffer unnecessarily, or in a way which does not meet acceptable welfare standards, then action can be taken.