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Redwings Top Story
18 March 2015 by Redwings Press Office
Control of Horses Bill to become law before the General Election
We are delighted that the Control of Horses Bill for England has successfully passed through the House of Lords today (18th March 2015), and is now ready to receive Royal Assent and become law.
The Private Member’s Bill, introduced by MP for York Outer Julian Sturdy, marks a positive step forward in the fight against fly-grazing and has been supported through every stage of its parliamentary journey by a coalition of animal welfare charities and rural organisations, comprising Blue Cross, British Horse Society, CLA, Countryside Alliance, HorseWorld, Local Government Association, NFU, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, RSPCA and World Horse Welfare.
Similarly to the Control of Horses Act (Wales), which came into effect in January 2014, this new legislation gives greater powers to English authorities to seize illegally grazed horses. The Bill also provides greater reassurance for landowners who find themselves victim to fly-grazing in significantly reducing the lengthy and expensive process of removing the horses from their land; under the new legislation, the authorities will be able to take action after four days rather than a minimum of two weeks as it was previously.
“The passing of the Control of Horses Bill is a great reason for all parties involved to celebrate,” commented Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress. “I am incredibly proud of the Redwings team who have seen first-hand the impact of fly-grazing on horses and landowners alike. The issue has brought together welfare charities and rural organisations to campaign for a mutually beneficial cause and I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Julian Sturdy MP who has championed this important legislative change.”
Redwings first flagged a rise in abandoned horses in our 2010 year-end report where the number of welfare calls had risen by over 50 per cent; an increase for which fly-grazing and equine abandonments were recognised as a significant contributing factor.
Redwings in Action
18 March 2015 by Redwings Press Office
A Norfolk woman has today (18th March 2015) been banned from keeping all animals for five years and received a suspended prison sentence having been found guilty of offences under the Animal Welfare Act involving a pony and a donkey.
Rio and Zeus were rescued from a Norwich site in June 2014 after concerns had been raised about their welfare. Our Senior Field Officer Julie Harding and Welfare Vet Nicola Berryman, together with an RSPCA Inspector, a farrier and the police, found the pair in a terrible state of neglect.
Rio, a skewbald donkey, was suffering from feet so overgrown he was unable to stand and Zeus, a dark grey pony, had a nasty sarcoid (a benign tumour that grows on the skin) on his chest.
20 March 2015 by Redwings Press Office
We are very pleased that as of today (20th March 2015) Redwings Ada Cole has reopened to visitors.
All tests on horses at our Ada Cole Visitor Centre in Essex, which had indirect contact with positive strangles cases at our Piggots farm in Norfolk, have come back as negative for the disease. Therefore, there are no cases of strangles at Redwings Ada Cole, nor have there been since the start of the outbreak at Piggots in Norfolk. Although we are able to welcome visitors back to the centre, until we are able to determine the exact cause of the outbreak we are continuing to keep rehoming operations from Redwings Ada Cole on hold as a precaution.
05 March 2015 by Redwings Press Office
With a new schedule aimed at encouraging more novice riders and horses, we have high hopes for another great year with a super turnout.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s annual show is set to be held on Sunday 17th May at Topthorn Equestrian Centre in Suffolk.
This year’s event will hold more classes aimed at novice riders and horses/ponies, as well as lead rein classes, clear round jumping and, in the spirit of providing something for everyone, there will also be heavy horse classes, a first for the Redwings show! We also hope to see many of its lovely Guardian ponies in attendance, particularly in the ever popular rescued horse/pony classes.
We are delighted (and so proud!) to announce that we have won the Judges' Choice for Best use of Social Media in the UK and Ireland at the Equestrian Social Media Awards!! Thanks for your votes!
The Control of Horses Bill (England) has successfully passed through the House of Lords. Find out how you have helped!
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