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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21420: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 5 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on holding an inquiry into animal welfare in the horseracing industry in Scotland.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 4 March 2019

Horse racing in Scotland is governed and regulated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) ( http://www.britishhorseracing.com ). The BHA ensures racehorse welfare, including compliance with all aspects of the 2006 Act, through its Rules of Racing, the licensing and inspection of participants, education, training and monitoring. The BHA also works closely with a range of animal welfare organisations such as World Horse Welfare to maintain and promote horse welfare.

The BHA also seeks to minimise the risk of injury and fatalities to thoroughbred horses on racecourses, and records and analyses injuries sustained with a view to future prevention.

The Scottish Government currently has no plans to hold an inquiry into animal welfare in the horseracing industry in Scotland.