A NEW Welsh law to tackle fly grazing and abandoned horses could provide a useful model for other countries trying to deal with the problem.

Wales’ Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies, said the action was making a real difference at an event in London that considered the best way of tackling fly grazing.

Speakers and delegates considered how they could improve the support and solutions available to landowners, the police, local authorities and animal welfare charities, all of whom have to deal with the issue of abandoned horses.

Welsh local authorities now have consistent legal powers to tackle the problem of abandoned horses and can seize, impound, return to the owner, sell, re-home or, as a very last resort, euthanise horses by humane means when they are on land without lawful consent.