An animal welfare group is safeguarding future generations of the UK’s wild ponies by giving them a contraceptive.

Hundreds of free-roaming wild ponies are culled each year due to dwindling demand for the animals.

A trial at the Dartmoor Hill Pony Association (DHPA) seen a herd of 20 ponies given contraceptive injections. The trial was proven to be a success with no foals born.

The charity has now rolled out its mission to limit reproduction of wild ponies in Dartmoor, with the aim of saving healthy ponies from the slaughterhouse, by giving jabs to a further 100 mares.

In future, wild populations in Exmoor and the New Forest may also be managed this way.

The scheme comes after a fall in the pony market, which is thought to be linked to the recession and costs of microchipping and passports.

To find out more about the DHPA, visit www.dartmoorhillpony.com

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