Large numbers of horses abandoned in publicly owned spaces, common land and private land have prompted Welsh Government ministers to provide additional funding to help prosecute perpetrators of fly grazing.

Welsh Government ministers have agreed to provide additional funding of £150,000, to address the issues of fly grazing.

Fly grazingThe agreement comes in response to large numbers of horses being abandoned in publicly owned spaces, common land and private land.

The majority of incidents have occurred in Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend where local authorities, the police and charitable organisations are said to be taking “a very robust approach” to dealing with the issue.

Deputy minister for agriculture Alun Davies said: “The behaviour of those horse owners who seek to avoid their responsibilities through the practice of abandonment or fly grazing will not be tolerated anywhere in Wales.

“I would strongly advise landowners who find themselves victims of fly grazing to come forward and report incidents and any associated anti-social behaviour.”

Mr Davies explained that the extra funding will:

  • help meet the significant legal costs of prosecutions already in hand and planned against the perpetrators of fly grazing, and
  • serve as a deterrent to illegal horse trading.

Carl Sargeant, minister for local government and communities, said: “The additional funding demonstrates the commitment of the Welsh Government to resolve the problem and encourage local authorities to put consistent and effective arrangements in place based on sound legal practice.

“Addressing the issue of fly grazing will reduce the demand on local authorities, the Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies responding to loose or trapped horses.”

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