The National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) launched the third edition ofthe at this year’s BEVA Congress in Birmingham.

According to NEWC, this third edition reflects the significant changes in animal welfare legislation as well as improved scientific knowledge of welfare issues.

Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium

While previous editions were used extensively in supporting welfare investigations and legal proceedings, the new edition is designed to assist anyone responsible for the welfare of horses, ponies and donkeys in meeting their obligations under the new welfare legislation in England, Wales and Scotland.

NEWC chairman Nicolas de Brauwere said: “The Compendium is designed to underpin the Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Equines by providing a greater level of detail and information to enable people to understand how they can best meet the needs of the equines under their care.”

The compendium was funded, written and produced by the industry, with the full support of DEFRA and HRH The Princess Royal. It has been made available to the public for no more than the cost of postage. Uptake so far has been very strong, in particular by equine educational institutions such as the vet schools.

The industry is keen to also see the compendium in the hands of horse owners and others responsible for the day to day care of equines.

BEVA president Chris House said: “The compendium is an excellent tool as a reference to assist in raising equine welfare standards nationwide.”

For your free copy of Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium for Horses, Ponies and Donkeys, contact NEWC on 01926 866655 or email

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