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Scottish Land & Estates responds to proposal to license equine establishments

Scottish Land & Estates has today submitted a response to Scottish Government on a proposal which has been put forward to Government by the Equine Establishments Working Group for the compulsory regulation of equine premises in Scotland.  It is suggested that such licensing would improve health and welfare, biosecurity (including traceability) and public safety.

Scottish Land & Estates take the view that the introduction of any new compulsory regulation should only be done where there is clear and overwhelming evidence for the need for such a measure and where other measures have proven unsuccessful.  Since no evidence has been presented of the current level of welfare, biosecurity and public safety issues in the equine industry or of the effectiveness of the existing tools which are in place to deal with these matters, we have advised the Scottish Government that we do not feel that a sufficient case has been made to enable the proposal to be progressed. 

 

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