Horses: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government which government or local government department is responsible for the welfare of horses on (1) an official Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs registered holding, (2) racecourses for the purposes of racing, (3) private land used for training horses, (4) private land used for stabling or holding horses on behalf of others who own them, and (5) moorland or common land.

Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

My department is responsible for government policy on the welfare of horses in England. The devolved administrations are responsible for animal welfare policy in their respective jurisdictions. The owner of a horse is legally responsible for the welfare of their horse wherever it is situated.

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