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York MP Demands Action to Register all Horses

Julian Sturdy

11:49am 17th April 2012
(Updated 12:19pm 17th April 2012)

Following Parliament’s return this week, Julian Sturdy, Member of Parliament for York Outer, has tabled a Written Parliamentary Question to raise the issue of unregistered horses.

Tethering unregistered horses on the verges of busy roads is proving to be a frequent and dangerous situation, not to mention completely illegal.

Recently, two serious car accidents on the A64 and the A166 have led to unregistered horses being killed, leaving the involved vehicles badly damaged and their drivers hurt.

Regrettably, however, it has been impossible to track down the owners of the horses involved.

It is a legal requirement for all horses to be mirco-chipped and for all owners to secure a passport for each of the horses which they own.

In his written question to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Sturdy asked what steps the Government is taking to ensure that this legal requirement is enforced.

Mr Sturdy has also written to Government Minister, Norman Baker, at the Department of Transport as well as the City of York Council.

Without a robust, long-term strategy to deal with the tethering of horses on highways, further serious accidents and injuries are sadly inevitable.

Commenting on the matter, Mr Sturdy said:-

“It is absolutely essential that the legal requirement to properly register horses is respected and fulfilled by all horse owners. Irresponsible horse owners not only risk the well-being of their animals but also, as we have seen recently, the well-being of law abiding local residents.”

“Where horses or their owners have acted in a dangerous manner, it is essential that there is proper accountability and consequences. At present, too many individuals believe that they can simply ignore the law with a common disregard for everyone else.”

“It is also time for the City of York Council to buck up their ideas and take firm action to prevent the tethering of horses on highways in the first place. It is completely unacceptable to pander to any group who wishes to breach the law in this way and I have urged the Council to outline a full strategy to prevent further accidents and injuries occurring.”

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