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Launch of consultation on fly grazing

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Alun Davies has yesterday launched an 8 week public consultation on finding a long term solution to fly grazing and abandonment of horses in Wales.

Large numbers of horses have been abandoned in publicly owned spaces, on common land and on private land. The majority of fly grazing incidents have occurred in Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend where local authorities the police and charitable organisations are taking a robust approach to dealing with the issue.

Alun Davies said:

"Our vision is for a fly grazing free Wales. A zero tolerance approach that will ensure that Wales is free from the unacceptable social, economic and environmental harm caused by the nuisance of fly grazing.

“Fly grazing often impacts on public safety, on communities (public and privately owned land), the agricultural industry, the welfare of the animals concerned as well as placing financial burdens on both individuals and the tax payer.

“Partnership working between enforcement agencies and welfare organisations has meant that this issue has been tackled head on through a coordinated approach. The consultation seeks to build on this by looking at the current legislative framework to see whether it addresses the situation appropriately and effectively, identify whether there are gaps and what if anything the Welsh Government may do to provide a solution to deal with fly grazing in Wales.

“With no one single piece of legislation to address the issue the consultation seeks views on how the Welsh Government might deliver measures to provide uniformity of standards across Wales, a legal framework enabling enforcement authorities to effectively deter large scale incidents of fly grazing or abandonment of horses and ponies.”

The Welsh Government seeks the public’s views on its consultation document Fly Grazing and Abandonment of horses and ponies: Delivering a long term solution. Feedback will be used to help shape the next phase in tackling fly grazing. It will help the Welsh Government develop the most appropriate actions to achieve the vision of a fly grazing free Wales.

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