Horses: Death

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

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horses died in the last year for which figures are available; and how many issued horse passports were cancelled in that year.

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

As of 2 July 2012, a total of 114,961 horses whose passports had been issued by UK Passport Issuing Organisations had been reported as having died. It is not possible to break this total down by year. Passports for horses that are slaughtered in an abattoir are invalidated on site and returned to the issuing organisation. Passports for horses that die in other circumstances are returned to the issuing organisation for invalidation.

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