Who are we?
Founded in 1977, the National Equine Welfare Council was established as an important point of contact on equine welfare in the UK. Building on its beginnings as a forum for equine welfare organisations to discuss welfare issues, exchange experiences and air views, NEWC has evolved to become a united voice on equine welfare matters and continues to increase its advisory and education scope.
NEWC is the umbrella organisation that supports NEWC members to achieve a better quality of life for all equines.
In 2002, NEWC in collaboration with the equine industry produced the first edition of the Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium. The Compendium is currently on its third edition, which reflects the significant changes in animal welfare as well as improved scientific knowledge of equine well-being. We will ensure the Compendium remains accessible, relevant and under constant review.
NEWC participates actively in supporting the British Horse Council on policy matters concerning welfare and is currently involved in initiatives investigating the regulation of animal sanctuaries and equine establishments.