A two-year-long campaign by Andrew RT Davies to improve laws that address illegal horse grazing on private lands has resulted in new stipulations, written by the Welsh Government, that most likely will become law in 2014. Davies, a proponent of strengthening fly grazing laws, has pushed hard for this legislation. He spoke to the Penarth Times on Dec. 18 about the new anti-fly grazing wording.
Davies considers the new bill a major step forward. However, he also feels that this legislation is incomplete. He acknowledges that everyone is pleased that the bill has passed and realizes that action had to be taken on the fly grazing issue. But, all things considered, Davies believes that more work needs to be done on the missed opportunities.
For instance, Davies thinks strongly that grazing animals should be micro-chipped. Presently, micro-chipping is not included in the bill.
Davies explained his reasoning to Penarth:
Not only would this [micro-chipping] have reduced the likelihood of repeat occurrences, it would have saved resources and made it easier to identify an animal’s owners. I would also have liked to see a duty placed on local authorities to remove animals, rather than a power as in the legislation.
He would like to see the burden reduced on police departments who have to repeatedly monitor locations, direct and inspect stabling facilities without having power.
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