More than 1,500 horses abandoned in Lincolnshire last year

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The CLA has welcomed the decision by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee to join the government in backing a Private Member’s Bill to enable swift removal of horses being fly-grazed in Lincolnshire.

Fly-grazed horses – left on someone else’s land without permission – threaten the livelihood of farmers, damage land, divert local authority resources and risk the safety of motorists when they escape on to roads, say the countryside agency.

Currently, landowners have to wait 14 days before they can act, but The Control of Horses Bill would cut that time to just four.

In 2013, calls to welfare charities about abandoned horses related to 1,662 animals in Lincolnshire alone, according to the RSPCA.