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Over 2.8 million people reached by Strangles Awareness Week campaign

The 2024 Strangles Awareness Week (SAW) campaign reached over 2.8 million equestrians and yard owners. In addition, over 150 new Ambassadors joined the campaign to help spread the word about prevention of the disease. SAW, held annually during the first week of May, is coordinated by a team of eminent equine welfare organisations, research institutes […]
June 14, 2024
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TWENTY-FOUR Health, Happiness and Horsemanship Awards Given Out At Appleby

Twenty-four awards have been given out in celebration of the best horse health, happiness, and horsemanship at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair, including a Vet’s and People’s Champion. The annual gathering, which is particularly important to the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, ended on Monday (10th June) in the Cumbrian town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. Nine animal charities* […]
June 12, 2024
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Overworking of horses 'significant' issue at Appleby Fair

The RSPCA says the overworking of horses was a significant animal welfare issue at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair. The charity continues to appeal for information after a horse was worked to death on Wednesday afternoon, the day before the Fair officially began (5th June). The stallion – a three-year-old skewbald trotter, 14hh – collapsed at […]
June 11, 2024
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NEWC Welcomes New Member Charity

NEWC is delighted to welcome The Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary as a new member! Since its inception in 1995, The Flicka Foundation has rescued and rehabilitated over 1000 animals and currently cares for over 100 donkeys, horses and ponies at their sanctuary in Cornwall, all of whom have been rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment. […]
June 10, 2024
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Animal welfare charities highlight importance of watering horses during Fair

Staff from nine animal welfare charities who make up Appleby Horse Project are highlighting the importance of watering horses during the Fair this week. The annual gathering of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, which is the biggest in the UK, begins on Thursday (6th June) and runs until Monday (10th June) in the Cumbrian town […]
June 3, 2024
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New report challenges 'illusion' Animal Welfare Act is effective in dealing with suffering caused by firework displays 

A new report, published and released by Redwings Horse Sanctuary on Thursday 23rd May, says the Animal Welfare Act does not offer recourse or protection for pets or livestock caused to suffer because of firework displays, and the assertion by Ministers that it does is an ‘illusion’.   The largest horse welfare charity in the UK - […]
May 24, 2024
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NEWC Tribute to Director, Kirsty Withnall

The NEWC (National Equine Welfare Council) Board and Membership would like to express their deepest condolences on the very sad passing of NEWC Director and RSPCA Inspector Kirsty Withnall. Kirsty served on the NEWC Board for four years and through her work at the RSPCA over more than 20 years she has been instrumental in […]
May 7, 2024
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UK Police Forces and Partners unite to address Equine Crime

The National Equine Priority Delivery Group (PDG) is a proactive group consisting of representatives from police force areas around the UK and lead equine organisations.  The group meets quarterly and reviews all aspects of equine crime, including welfare and road safety, reviewing incidents, and sharing best practices and intelligence. As well as supporting police officers […]
April 24, 2024
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Equestrians Invited To Free, Charity-Led Welfare Awareness Events

Following on from the amazing success of last year’s events Bransby Horses are once again hosting a series of talks for horse owners covering the latest equine management topics, such as track systems and alternative grazing set-ups. These events are completely free and aimed at horse owners, equestrian business owners and land proprietors. Bransby Horses […]
March 27, 2024
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NEWC Director Receives Prestigious Equine Award

NEWC Director, Kirsty Withnall, was announced as joint winner of the Sir Colin Spedding Award at the National Equine Forum (NEF) on 7th March 2024. Kirsty was recognised for her tireless determination as an RSPCA Case Officer, bringing to justice those responsible for causing unnecessary suffering to animals. Joint winner, Amanda Stoddart-West, was acknowledged for […]
March 21, 2024
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