Increase Funding for Horse Rescue


Target: Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Goal: Encourage rehoming efforts in the United Kingdom for unwanted horses

Horses in the United Kingdom are facing a crisis: despite decreased demand for horses, breeding efforts continue. Groups of horses have been found abandoned or neglected across the UK, and the crisis is projected to get worse. Petition the government to encourage and aid rehoming and adoption operations, and restrict unnecessary breeding.

Continuing to breed horses threatens the livelihoods of all those that are unwanted, abandoned, or neglected. Because of their long lifespan and unique needs, horses are much harder to rehome and adopt out than dogs or cats. Neglected or abused horses are also less likely to find homes, as they potentially require years to recover. Yet the government must make an effort to address the growing problem of equines, including the irresponsibility of breeding more animals that may end up burdening rescues already taxed to the limit.

The public must be encouraged to adopt horses, instead of purchasing them. With so many unwanted animals, it is irresponsible to allow breeding of horses to continue without some restrictions meant to address abandoned and rescued equines. Encouraging adoptions, and funding such efforts, would lessen the burden on rescues and increase space for more animals that are in need.


Dear Secretary Owen Paterson,

The number of horses taken in by rescues and charities has increased by more than half in recent years, yet breeding continues unabated. There is simply not enough demand for horses, and so they are abandoned, neglected, or surrendered to organizations that face an overwhelming number of animals.

I urge you to take steps to encourage horse adoptions, and address the adverse effects of horse breeding. Rescue organizations cannot hope to take in the increasing numbers of unwanted equines if breeding only exacerbates the problem. Yet funding efforts for rehoming and adopting out horses would ease the burden on rescues and free up much needed resources for other equines. Placing restrictions on breeding will also help to reduce the future population of horses. Please take the necessary steps to save the horses in the United Kingdom.


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  1. Cecily Colloby. says:

    Owen Paterson-do something right for a change.

  2. Our whole animal problem is the over breeding. It is time that a moratorium be put on all breeding for about 10 years which would allow those that are homeless to find the homes they need. This should cover all animals by the way.Just think, how many won’t have to suffer and die if this could go into effect.All around the world.

  3. Stan Benton says:

    In this day and age, there is hardly any need for horses (pets?, pull plows?, pull wagons?, engage in inhumane shows and races?, etc.). The U.K. should discourage breeding of horses. I think horses are wonderful, and a few on a farm as companion animals is nice, but that should suffice.

  4. Government may make arrangements for rehoming unwanted and abandoned horses through adoption.

  5. Along with working with the govt., the PEOPLE, the CITIZENS could initiate a fund, a drive, & ask EVERYONE (each person to give something) to contribute, whether it be money, land, homes, skills, ranches, etc. — your contributions can come from all over the world — as long as you’re legit & everything is on the up & up, the world will come to your rescue — we all love animals — they rely on us to keep them happy & comfortable … we all understand! SO, LET’S GET CRACKING! What kind of society allows their animals to suffer and die?

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