Date lodged: 21 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what legislation is in place to support and protect equine welfare.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 28 June 2017
The Scottish Government considers that the provisions of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 are sufficient to ensure that action can be taken if the welfare of horses is not being met. The provisions of Part 2 of the Act apply to all people responsible for animals.
In addition, The Riding Establishments Acts of 1964 and 1970 require such establishments to be licenced by a local authority following inspection by a veterinarian and consideration of the ongoing provision of health and welfare.