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Abandoned horses 'increasing'

'Fly-grazing' - where horses are left on land without the owner's permission - is getting worse, according to a report by NFU Cymru.

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Why is 'fly-grazing' increasing?

The report by NFU Cymru points to a number of possible reasons for the increase in the problem of abandoned horses and fly-grazing:-

  • irresponsible breeding and a few unscrupulous dealers
  • lack of grazing on highway verges
  • effect of the recession on pet owners
  • introduction of compulsory horse passports and micro chipping, which was intended to increase the traceability of horses, has added to the cost of keeping horses.

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