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Support better equine welfare in Wales and Scotland

Will you call on your MSP or MS to pledge to ensure equine welfare is protected?

Will you call on your MSP or MS to pledge to ensure equine welfare is protected?

Ahead of the Scottish and Welsh Parliamentary elections on 6th May this year, we highlighted to prospective candidates some of the key issues for the welfare of horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids that we would like the new Parliaments to tackle over the next five years. Now we need your support to ensure Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and Members of the Senedd (MSs) will act on these issues and ensure equine welfare is protected and improved. Will you call on your MSP or MS to take the pledge to #ActNow4Horses? 

We recognise that the issues facing equines in Wales and Scotland can be very different and that the legislation in place varies between the two countries. These differences are reflected in our asks, but in both Wales and Scotland we have called for: 

  • Licensing of riding establishments to be updated – this 50-year-old piece of legislation does not reflect the latest scientific evidence and is outdated. 
  • A frictionless and digitised Equine ID system, which is a fundamental requirement for all other equine welfare legislation to work and be enforceable and should help stop horse smuggling. 
  • Licensing of sanctuaries, rescue and rehoming centres, supported by effective species-specific guidance and enforcement. 

Front cover of Scottish equine welfare manifesto

Manifesto for equine welfare in Scotland

You can find further information on our asks for Scotland in our manifesto for the Scottish Parliament 2021-2026 here


Front cover of Welsh equine welfare manifesto

Manifesto for equine welfare in Wales

You can find further information on our asks for Wales in our manifesto for the Welsh Senedd 2021-2026 here


Equine welfare in England and Northern Ireland 

This campaign is not being run in England and Northern Ireland as there were no elections held this year. We continue to work with governments in these countries to improve equine welfare and you can find out more on our positions pages. In the meantime, please share this campaign with friends and family in Scotland and/or Wales and encourage them to #actnow4horses.  

If you’d like to find out about future campaigns and receive updates on the work that we do to ensure legislation protects and improves welfare for our equines, please sign up to receive our latest news by email if you haven’t already done so. Only with support from people like you can we make changes to law that protects our horses and ponies – thank you.

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