HC Deb 14 February 2002 vol 380 c649W
Mr. Blizzard

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to propose reform and legislation relating to cruelty to animals, with particular reference to the tethering of horses. [34756]

Mr. Morley

Under the Protection of Animals Act 1911, it is an offence to cause a horse, ass or mule unnecessary suffering including as a result of the manner or conditions in which it was tethered.

The Department is currently reviewing the legislation relating to the welfare of captive and domestic animals, including that which affects the tethering of horses. More information about the review can be found at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/animalwelfare/ letter.htm.