Horse Society Ragwort Bill in the House of Lords
British Horse Society initiated Ragwort Control Bill makes its appearance
in the House of Lords on Friday 17 October where it will receive
a Second Reading. The Bill will be led by Baroness Masham of Ilton
and it is expected to return to the Commons almost immediately,
thus completing its parliamentary passage.
Bill, initially sponsored by John Greenway MP (Cons), has enjoyed
all party support and provides for a statutory code of practice
that will be admissible in evidence. The draft code was launched
at the Royal International Horse Show last July to much media acclaim.
chief executive, Kay Driver, said, "The Society is very excited
about the Bill and we have every hope that it will reach the Statute
Book. This is an historical moment in our ragwort campaign, which
will have a marked effect in controlling and preventing the spread
of ragwort. Too many horses have died from ragwort poisoning; this
Bill will go a long way to safeguarding others from the fatal consequences
of ingesting this invidious weed."