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Horses: Animal Welfare

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider banning dry-branding of wild ponies.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There are no proposals to ban either freeze branding or hot branding of semi-wild moorland ponies as these methods provide a useful way of visually identifying such animals. However, we have asked the relevant moorland pony societies to draft a code of practice on hot branding and they are also committed to looking at suitable alternative methods of identification. Dry-branding is not a term generally used in this context.

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