Robert Halfon writes to Michael Gove over Harlow’s tethered horses

ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow, has boldly stepped up his campaign to bring an end to the tethering of horses around Harlow, taking his case to Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

In a strongly worded letter to the DEFRA Secretary, Mr Halfon has championed animal welfare by highlighting the ineffectiveness of current legislation and the consequent inaction to tackle the number of horses tethered in and around Harlow.

He has called on the Government to introduce changes to the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses, arguing it is “neither properly enforced, nor fit for purpose”. He also raises “several issues with the Animal Welfare Act 2006”, including that the Act does not set out strong enough grounds for local authorities to intervene, “despite the obvious suffering of animals”.

This comes after Mr Halfon has written to the Animal Welfare Minister, the RSPCA, Harlow Council and Essex County Council on a number of occasions, urging immediate action to be taken.

Mr Halfon said: “I’ve been in frequent contact with residents about the safety and welfare of the tethered horses around our town and I fully understand their frustrations.

“It’s time for proper action to be taken which is why I’ve written to Michael Gove, calling for profound changes to animal welfare legislation.”

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