Irish Officials: Five Thousand Abandoned Horses Euthanized Since 2012
Irish authorities are reporting that about 5,000 horses have been euthanized in the last two years as the government has seen a rise in horses let loose or abandoned on public lands.
The country’s Control of Horses act allows officials to impound horses grazing in public places but recent updates to the law dictate that they can only be released if they are microchipped and have the proper passport. Anyone claiming abandoned horses must also have access to a registered equine facility to send them to. These regulations mean that horses are rarely released once impounded.
Welfare officials in the country believe that the alternative for horses that have been let loose on public lands is starvation, citing the overpopulation of horses in the United Kingdom, where the unwanted horse problem is increasing.
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