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S5W-21418: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 6 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the British Horseracing Authority regarding the deaths of four horses at Musselburgh Racecourse at a meeting on 3 December 2018, and what action it can take to encourage the authority to publish the full findings of the inquiry that it carried out regarding the incident.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 6 March 2019

The Scottish Government has not held any discussions with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in regard to the deaths of four horses at Musselburgh Racecourse at a meeting on 3 December 2018.

The BHA ensures racehorse welfare in Scotland, 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 consider the findings of the BHA investigation when they are published.