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S5W-21416: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the deaths of four horses at Musselburgh Racecourse at a meeting on 3 December 2018, and, in light of this incident, what discussions it has held with management at (a) Musselburgh and (b) Scotland’s other racecourses regarding animal welfare at meetings.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 5 March 2019

The Scottish Government was sorry to hear of the deaths of four horses at Musselburgh Racecourse at a meeting on 3 December 2018. The Scottish Government takes the welfare of all animals very seriously; and is committed to the highest possible standards of welfare for all equines.

The Scottish Government has not held any discussions with the management at Musselburgh Racecourse or Scotland’s other racecourses regarding animal welfare at meetings following this incident.

Horse racing in Scotland is governed and regulated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). The BHA ensures racehorse welfare, including compliance with all aspects of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) 2006 Act, through its Rules of Racing, the licensing and inspection of participants, education, training and monitoring.

The Scottish Government is aware that the BHA is carrying out a full investigation of the incident at Musselburgh and will monitor the findings of the BHA investigation upon their publication.