Save abandoned horses, pleads MP

Daily Echo: Save abandoned horses, pleads MP Save abandoned horses, pleads MP

A HAMPSHIRE MP has highlighted the plight of unwanted horses.

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne was at the Epona Trust at Allington Lane in West End as he revealed 6,000 horses and ponies faced being abandoned across the country.

The Eastleigh MP has teamed up with the trust, which specialises in equine rescue and rehabilitation, in a bid to raise awareness of the crisis.

It comes as six key animal welfare charities warned of neglect caused by irresponsible breeding, spiralling care bills, the wet and cold weather, and rock-bottom sale prices.

Mr Huhne was given a tour of the trust headquarters, based at the Russells Equestrian Centre, and shown two horses, Severn and Crunchie who have both been rescued after being abandoned.

He said: “The cases of Severn and Crunchie are truly appalling, but sadly this is not uncommon. We must get a grip on this problem before the situation gets totally out of hand and more horses are needlessly neglected, or worse.

“The RSPCA and Eastleigh Borough Council have done excellent work to combat illegal horse tethering, but I’m afraid this is just the tip of the iceberg and councils need help from government to crack down on this sort of practice.

“There should be stricter controls on horse ownership, with better enforcement on horse imports and exports.

“We should also look again at the Tripartite agreement between the UK, Ireland and France – this allows the import and export of vulnerable horses and ponies into and out of the three countries without health certificates.”

“I’d urge anyone buying a horse to think carefully about it, and to check whether they really have the resources to look after it properly in the long-term? The Epona Trust says it costs at least £3,000 a year.”

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7:12am Fri 28 Dec 12

hulla baloo says...

Will they start with the horse racers, breeders and travellers or pick on the easy targets that have a small holding or paddock?
Will they start with the horse racers, breeders and travellers or pick on the easy targets that have a small holding or paddock? hulla baloo

8:56am Fri 28 Dec 12

Huey says...

Of course back in the day old and unwanted horses were taken to the knackers yards for use in pet food, glue and other useful objects, instead of all the chemicals we use in stuff these days.
Of course back in the day old and unwanted horses were taken to the knackers yards for use in pet food, glue and other useful objects, instead of all the chemicals we use in stuff these days. Huey

9:37am Fri 28 Dec 12

The Wickham Man says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Will they start with the horse racers, breeders and travellers or pick on the easy targets that have a small holding or paddock?
Agreed. We mustn't pick on those "Horse loving" Irish travellers because ill treating animals is part of their culture so that would be racist.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Will they start with the horse racers, breeders and travellers or pick on the easy targets that have a small holding or paddock?[/p][/quote]Agreed. We mustn't pick on those "Horse loving" Irish travellers because ill treating animals is part of their culture so that would be racist. The Wickham Man

10:03am Fri 28 Dec 12

Lord Ikea says...

I would prefer it if the Member of Parliament spent his publicly funded time looking after 6000 pensioners or 6000 people with disabilities that are neglected and abused,
I would prefer it if the Member of Parliament spent his publicly funded time looking after 6000 pensioners or 6000 people with disabilities that are neglected and abused, Lord Ikea

10:24am Fri 28 Dec 12

Linesman says...

Maybe Chris Huhne will be using a horse for transport after his court case.
Maybe Chris Huhne will be using a horse for transport after his court case. Linesman

11:41am Fri 28 Dec 12

Dasal says...

The horses I punt on are almost always "abandoned" by their jockey !!!!!
The horses I punt on are almost always "abandoned" by their jockey !!!!! Dasal

11:51am Fri 28 Dec 12

derek james says...

crocodile tears from a man who's happy for his elder constituents to die of hypothermia due to green taxes on heating bills
crocodile tears from a man who's happy for his elder constituents to die of hypothermia due to green taxes on heating bills derek james

11:58am Fri 28 Dec 12

derek james says...

Linesman wrote:
Maybe Chris Huhne will be using a horse for transport after his court case.
even if he loses he'll have an index linked public funded pension the likes of which most can only dream of, for his legal team i believe he's hiring those that got harry rednapp off, with the inadequacies of the cps i think we know the likely outcome
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Maybe Chris Huhne will be using a horse for transport after his court case.[/p][/quote]even if he loses he'll have an index linked public funded pension the likes of which most can only dream of, for his legal team i believe he's hiring those that got harry rednapp off, with the inadequacies of the cps i think we know the likely outcome derek james

12:09pm Fri 28 Dec 12

sarfhamton says...

I don't think travelers treat their horses any worse than people that live in houses.

Its a deep part of their culture and of course they are bad owners in every community.
I don't think travelers treat their horses any worse than people that live in houses. Its a deep part of their culture and of course they are bad owners in every community. sarfhamton

1:40pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Linesman says...

sarfhamton wrote:
I don't think travelers treat their horses any worse than people that live in houses.

Its a deep part of their culture and of course they are bad owners in every community.
I agree with you. Horses are part of their currency, and they take care of them.
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: I don't think travelers treat their horses any worse than people that live in houses. Its a deep part of their culture and of course they are bad owners in every community.[/p][/quote]I agree with you. Horses are part of their currency, and they take care of them. Linesman

1:54pm Fri 28 Dec 12

acid drop says...

derek james wrote:
crocodile tears from a man who's happy for his elder constituents to die of hypothermia due to green taxes on heating bills
Very well put.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: crocodile tears from a man who's happy for his elder constituents to die of hypothermia due to green taxes on heating bills[/p][/quote]Very well put. acid drop

2:05pm Fri 28 Dec 12

bazzeroz says...

Do what the French do, eat 'em! Sorted.
Do what the French do, eat 'em! Sorted. bazzeroz

2:59pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Inform Al says...

bazzeroz wrote:
Do what the French do, eat 'em! Sorted.
When I was a nipper my favourite Pie and Mash shop was fined for selling steak'n kidney pie containing horse meat. The shop was opposite Paddington Nick and they were caught out when a visiting Belgian police inspector complemented them on the horse meat pie. Personally I liked their pies,so eating the things could be a good idea.
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: Do what the French do, eat 'em! Sorted.[/p][/quote]When I was a nipper my favourite Pie and Mash shop was fined for selling steak'n kidney pie containing horse meat. The shop was opposite Paddington Nick and they were caught out when a visiting Belgian police inspector complemented them on the horse meat pie. Personally I liked their pies,so eating the things could be a good idea. Inform Al

3:26pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Subject48 says...

well its meat, so yeh, might as well eat it!
well its meat, so yeh, might as well eat it! Subject48

4:44pm Fri 28 Dec 12

News Fanatic says...

I remember buying horsemeat from the pet shop in the 1960s for the cat to eat. I suppose they eat tinned salmon these days.
I remember buying horsemeat from the pet shop in the 1960s for the cat to eat. I suppose they eat tinned salmon these days. News Fanatic

5:14pm Fri 28 Dec 12

The Wickham Man says...

sarfhamton wrote:
I don't think travelers treat their horses any worse than people that live in houses.

Its a deep part of their culture and of course they are bad owners in every community.
That's why they leave them tethered and alone all day is it? Horses are herd animals. They like to roam and they don't like to be alone. Trying to explain to a traveller about a horse's needs would be like trying to explain it to the horse. They just don't "get" that like all animals horses require consideration and empathy. They regard horses as posessions to be bought or sold, not as living things, so I disagree with you. The "culture" thing is a problem, not an attribute.
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: I don't think travelers treat their horses any worse than people that live in houses. Its a deep part of their culture and of course they are bad owners in every community.[/p][/quote]That's why they leave them tethered and alone all day is it? Horses are herd animals. They like to roam and they don't like to be alone. Trying to explain to a traveller about a horse's needs would be like trying to explain it to the horse. They just don't "get" that like all animals horses require consideration and empathy. They regard horses as posessions to be bought or sold, not as living things, so I disagree with you. The "culture" thing is a problem, not an attribute. The Wickham Man

10:39pm Fri 28 Dec 12

bobbyboy says...

Its a shame the picture of Forest Ponies is being used for a totally different subject of care go find a tethered horse or even previous pictures of the ones that the -wat went to visit.As per Lib Dem tactics they jump on any band wagon they think they could benefit from trust me i've had personal experience from this shambles of a group.
Its a shame the picture of Forest Ponies is being used for a totally different subject of care go find a tethered horse or even previous pictures of the ones that the -wat went to visit.As per Lib Dem tactics they jump on any band wagon they think they could benefit from trust me i've had personal experience from this shambles of a group. bobbyboy

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