Landowners who find horses left illegally in their fields may have more power to remove the animals thanks to a new law currently before Parliament.
The Bill, which is promoted by Julian Sturdy MP and backed by the CLA and a host of rural, farming and animal welfare bodies, is expected to become law before the end of this Parliamentary session.
MPs will be participating in the Committee stage debate for the Control of Horses Bill on 8 January.
A number of amendments have been made to the Bill which if successful, will extend powers already proposed for councils to remove fly-grazing horses from public land to private landowners to deal with fly-grazing horses on private land.
CLA President Henry Robinson said: “Horses can suffer significant harm if they are left to fend for themselves so it is vital that landowners have the power to act quickly and in the best interest of the welfare of these animals.
“We are delighted the Government supports our call for the powers in the Bill to be extended to private landowners and not just limited to local authorities.
“It is also vital that MPs support the proposal to cut the time landowners must wait before they can act from 14 days to four and to give them greater options in how they can remove the animals quickly.”
Read the report launched in August 2014 and co-authored by the CLA: ‘Stop the scourge - time to address unlawful fly-grazing in England’. The report shows both the impact and extent of the practice, with around 3,000 – 3,500 horses fly-grazing at that time.