P-04-333 Stop neglect and abandonment of horses and ponies by enforcement of microchipping laws

Petition wording:

The Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies has been inundated with calls for assistance from concerned members of the public, horse owners and the Police for horses found abandoned, neglected and injured.  Many have been injured from wandering on to the roads causing great risk to Motorists.


None of these horses are microchipped which has been a legal requirement for foals born after July 2009 which means the owners cannot be traced.  We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to ensure effective enforcement of microchipping and Equine passports as laid down in the 2009 Legislation.


Lead petitioner:

The Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies


Number of signatures:



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

Consultation process

Please see the consultation letter below for more information.

The Committee welcomes responses from both individuals and organisations. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please provide a brief description of the role of your organisation.

Generally, we ask for submissions to be made in writing because it is normal practice for the National Assembly to publish evidence provided to a Committee on our internet site so that it becomes part of the public record. However, we are also able to accept evidence in audio or video format.

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If you wish to contribute evidence, please send an electronic copy of your submission to petition@wales.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can submit it by post to:

Committee Clerk, Petitions Committee, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.

Submissions should arrive by Thursday, 17 November 2011. It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.





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