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MP Robert Halfon calls for end of dangerous horse tethering in Harlow

News / Thu 17th Jun 2021 at 10:06am

HARLOW’S MP, Robert Halfon, has again raised in the House of Commons his long-running campaign to end dangerous horse tethering in the town.

In an impassioned plea, Mr Halfon said that “we sadly see many horses tethered by the roadside and in dangerous locations. These horses often have no water, are left for days on end and sometimes the tether breaks causing danger for the horses and passing cars.”

He then called for “tougher measures to penalise individuals who mistreat their horses and break the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and their Hybrids but also look to introduce a mandatory duty upon local councils to implement a licensing system to ensure that horses are monitored and receive regular vet checks and that the highest animal welfare standards are upheld.”

The Minister for Animal Welfare, Victoria Prentis MP, commended Mr Halfon for his “long campaign” on this issue and set out what powers can be used to help to tackle the issue. She added that as of this month the sentencing for mistreating horses is increasing this month – something Mr Halfon has campaigned for tirelessly.

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10 Comments for MP Robert Halfon calls for end of dangerous horse tethering in Harlow:

Edward Vine
2021-06-17 10:14:06

Totally agree with this campaign. Might Harlow help by creating large fenced paddocks to encourage owners to use them, giving these animal freedom to move and by planting the roadside areas to create barriers and to ensure animals are not located near roads?

Kerry
2021-06-17 10:52:55

100% behind this campaign, this law about tethering should of been abolished years ago. My only concern would be these awful cruel owners would then abandon there animals.

Paula Bridgeman
2021-06-17 11:24:46

Breaks my heart seeing them in all weathers tied up.

Louise
2021-06-17 11:25:51

Totally agree well done for pushing this. Awful to see these poor animals all alone, no shelter from the elements or regular food let alone water. Absolute cruelty.

Graham vonHaartman
2021-06-17 14:26:53

This right to tether horses and goats for that matter, stems back to the Magna carter. However s>nce the invention of the motor car horses have not been used for a main form of transport and have since become pets and the very occasional working horse. It seems that a certain fraternity tend to keep them tethered and never used or walked and are barely tended to. Often there is no water in there buckets and often they appear under nourished. Some break there tether and end up a danger to traffic and themselves one I recall some yrs back was so scared it jumped a railing fence and impaled itself on the spikes. Much tighter controls on tethering need to be introduced for the sake of these animals and of course the public.

janet wilkinson
2021-06-18 20:29:17

I feel so much for these poor, poor horses. Left with no water or shelter from the hot sun and in Winter no shelter from the bitter cold winds, frosts and snow. This is so cruel and awful to see. The people who purport to "own them" should be held to account. Well done Mr Halfon. I, and many others, are with you on this.

Lorraine
2021-06-19 14:41:10

Well done! About time too!

Anita Gray
2021-06-19 20:33:21

We live on Harlow Common and also have had times when the horses are untethered….causing them to be able to run in the road….at night time too!!

Kimberley Ramsey
2023-12-03 21:33:21

What’s happened with this campaign? Those poor houses are still out on the roundabouts in the cold and rain with no shelter :-( :-( I thought something was being done about this

Pens Harrison
2023-12-18 03:11:23

I have just returned from a stay in Harlow and I’m disgusted by the situation I’ve witnessed as a knowledgable horse person. I took photos and know that if I kept just one horse like this I would be prosecuted. The RSPCA should be ashamed and so should all other horse charities involved and Harlow Council. 2023 and this is still going on.

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