Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

What steps his Department is taking to reduce the practice of horse tethering.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

People who tether their horses inappropriately risk causing their animals distress and suffering and could be liable to prosecution for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The statutory Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and their Hybrids provides keepers with information on how and when tethering may be used. We remain committed to tackling the issue of inappropriate horse tethering through effective partnership working, enforcement and dissemination of best practice.

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