Welfare fears as horses being sold for just £5

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Horses are being sold for as little as £5 in Bradford, the RSPCA warned today.

It has resulted in a growing number of the animals being owned by people who neither have the skills nor the means to look after them properly.

According to charity’s figures, its cruelty line received 656 complaints about horse welfare in the Bradford district last year.

The RSPCA equine co-ordinator, chief inspector Cathy Hyde, said: “It is a growing problem.

“There is such a surplus of horses as they are being overbred and sold very, very cheaply. Some ponies are changing hands for as little £5 in private venues.

“They are being sold to people who don’t have the knowledge to look after them properly. People who never imagined they would own a horse are doing so. Some people are even keeping them in their gardens.”

The glut of horses has also led to a growing number of loose horses in the district.

Yesterday, Bradford Police Horse Watch appealed for information via its social media page on Twitter about two horses found in Clayton.

Nationally, it is costing the RSPCA £4 million a year to take in abandoned and mistreated horses.

One of the suggestions it has made is for the Government to introduce legislation to target fly grazing as no existing laws adequately address the problem.

It is also calling for more enforcement on getting horses microchipped and registered with a passport to try to counter the rising problem of animals being abandoned after a cheap sale.

Nationally, about three-quarters of the horses the charity takes in do not have a passport meaning their owners cannot be traced and they don’t have the up-to-date records about the animals’ history.

The charity said it has “deep concerns” with the absence of the passport system.

Chief Insp Hyde said: “The passport system is failing. They are not updated and, without microchipping or a central database, there is no enforcement.

“Our inspectors investigated more than 4,900 complaints involving equines in 2012 and are always working hard to improve the lives of those animals.

“Together with irresponsible breeding, many owners have ended up with too many horses that they either can’t or don’t want to look after.

“Some dealers have more than 2,000 horses, the majority of which will not have passports.

“They need to be made accountable which proper enforcement of the passport system might help with.”

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9:38am Thu 28 Feb 13

Rambo says...

Insert Tesco joke here.
Insert Tesco joke here. Rambo
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10:23am Thu 28 Feb 13

ertnec says...

Its about time we stopped messing about with many of these so called Horse owners, we see Bradford Council and other agencies getting tougher and the horse numbers have dropped but why are certain individuals still not being targeted why because people are scared if you can't do the job stand aside and let someone else do it rules are for everybody not just the easy targets.
Its about time we stopped messing about with many of these so called Horse owners, we see Bradford Council and other agencies getting tougher and the horse numbers have dropped but why are certain individuals still not being targeted why because people are scared if you can't do the job stand aside and let someone else do it rules are for everybody not just the easy targets. ertnec
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10:55am Thu 28 Feb 13

Albion. says...

Rambo wrote:
Insert Tesco joke here.
Well at auctions, any horse not sold, would be bought up by dealers for meat, It's years since I was there, but I think they fetched more than £5.00.
My neighbour shops at Tesco! He usually goes with his kids (Dobbin and Neddy!).
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: Insert Tesco joke here.[/p][/quote]Well at auctions, any horse not sold, would be bought up by dealers for meat, It's years since I was there, but I think they fetched more than £5.00. My neighbour shops at Tesco! He usually goes with his kids (Dobbin and Neddy!). Albion.
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12:20pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Another Landless Peasant says...

Well what do they expect when the Courts don't treat animal welfare seriously? The Police and RSPCA go to great lengths to bring prosecutions against irresponsible animal owners only to see them let off scott-free by idiot Magistrates, as the case below demonstrates:

http://www.thetelegr
aphandargus.co.uk/ne
ws/10256239.Pair_esc
ape_ban_over_pony_le
ft_to_starve/

In my opinion Karl Dickinson and Connor English are scum and deserve to be strung up.
Well what do they expect when the Courts don't treat animal welfare seriously? The Police and RSPCA go to great lengths to bring prosecutions against irresponsible animal owners only to see them let off scott-free by idiot Magistrates, as the case below demonstrates: http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/ne ws/10256239.Pair_esc ape_ban_over_pony_le ft_to_starve/ In my opinion Karl Dickinson and Connor English are scum and deserve to be strung up. Another Landless Peasant
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12:44pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Avro says...

Well Tesco did say they were now going to source meat closer to home lol
Well Tesco did say they were now going to source meat closer to home lol Avro
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2:53pm Thu 28 Feb 13

ivski says...

WHY DO THE COURTS NOT DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE CRUEL TO ANIMALS, JUST LEAVE THEM TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES, LIKE THE SCUM FATHER & SON WHO LEFT THE HORSE TO DIE.THE COURTS ARE A JOKE, AND THE TWO ABOVE I AM TALKING ABOUT MAKE MY BLOOD BOIL, HOW WOULD THEY LIKE TO STARVE TO DEATH, AND THEY DONT EVEN GET A BAN, THEY WILL BE FEEDING THEIR FAT BELLIES TONIGHT THOUGH. WHAT A JOKE THE SYSTEM IS !!!!!!!!!!
WHY DO THE COURTS NOT DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE CRUEL TO ANIMALS, JUST LEAVE THEM TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES, LIKE THE SCUM FATHER & SON WHO LEFT THE HORSE TO DIE.THE COURTS ARE A JOKE, AND THE TWO ABOVE I AM TALKING ABOUT MAKE MY BLOOD BOIL, HOW WOULD THEY LIKE TO STARVE TO DEATH, AND THEY DONT EVEN GET A BAN, THEY WILL BE FEEDING THEIR FAT BELLIES TONIGHT THOUGH. WHAT A JOKE THE SYSTEM IS !!!!!!!!!! ivski
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10:49pm Thu 28 Feb 13

lazybeat says...

too many horses left stray, only one solution... barbaque
too many horses left stray, only one solution... barbaque lazybeat
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2:41am Fri 1 Mar 13

bradmat says...

And what are the reasons these scuffers have these horses
And what are the reasons these scuffers have these horses bradmat
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8:02pm Fri 1 Mar 13

10steve says...

Avro wrote:
Well Tesco did say they were now going to source meat closer to home lol
Would that be Holmewood then ??
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Well Tesco did say they were now going to source meat closer to home lol[/p][/quote]Would that be Holmewood then ?? 10steve
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