Animal Welfare - Update


The RSPCA have removed young horses on the Esholt Gypsy site - hours after an MP raised concerns about their safety in Parliament.


Police attended the site with the animal welfare organisation and seized the animals after advice from a vet. They will remain in the care of the RSPCA pending an investigation.


Shipley MP Philip Davies was contacted by the RSPCA on Thursday after he told MPs the plights of the animals were being ignored for fear of upsetting the gypsies.


Mr Davies said: “I am delighted that the RSPCA and Police have taken the animals. No one should be able to get away with treating an animal badly. I know residents, as have I, have been complaining about the welfare of the horses for many months and nothing was done.”


The RSPCA claims it has been visiting the site weekly for the past few months because of concerns raised and want to meet with Mr Davies to discuss problems around enforcement.


Head of Public Affairs David Bowles said: “The RSPCA shares your serious concerns about the welfare of the horses at Esholt traveller's site and has been regularly checking on their welfare for some time.


“Part of the problem in taking this forward to help improve welfare or removing the horses was that the individual refused to sign the animals over or removed the animals before we arrived.”


Issues surrounding animal welfare are currently being looked at by a Commons committee.  


Mr Davies added: “I look forward to meeting with the RSPCA and also making sure Bradford Council use all powers available to them to protect the welfare of these animals.”