P-06-1200 Make horse tethering, with or without shelter, illegal and an act of cruelty in Wales



This petition was submitted, having collected a total of 4,367 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

In Wales it is currently not illegal to tether horses. Everyone must have seen a beautiful horse tethered on a short chain at the side of a road with no shelter from the harsh weather.


RSPCA appear have no power do anything about it! If a dog was tied up on the side of a busy road, there would be outrage. Both animals matter!


Laws must be passed to stop this terrible cruelty to such sensitive creatures! These animals have no quality of life, it’s an absolute scandal.


Additional Information:

HorseWorld a welfare charity created a #BreaktheChain campaign with the hopes of changing the law. Despite being dubbed as cruel and dangerous this practice remains legal.


Visit the website www.BreakTheChain.org.uk for further information.


Would be so proud of Wales if they lead the way to finally stop this dreadful practice. The RSPCA is also opposed to the practice as they say compromises animal welfare in so many ways.


Defra Code on practice for horses and the Welsh Government Code of Practice states that horse tethering is not a suitable method of management of an animal. Have to ask why therefore it’s not illegal?


brown and white horse




This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 07/03/2022.


The Committee noted that the Minister has provided more detail on how they plan to progress with their animal welfare commitments, including improving the training and skills of local authority enforcement officers and that the Welsh Government are working with enforcement agencies, animal welfare organisations and intend to consult on their priorities. The Committee therefore agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.


Full details of the consideration of this petition by the Committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 01/11/2021.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Cardiff North
  • South Wales Central


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 25/10/2021