Since its inception in 1977, as a forum for likeminded equine charities to share ideas and welfare concerns, the National Equine Welfare Council C.I.C. has become a nationally recognised and respected member body which unifies the sector on matters of welfare concern.
It is the NEWC’s mission to protect the welfare of the horse, pony, donkey and mule by ensuring that everyone who has an interest or association with the horse makes its health and welfare the overriding factor in all decision making.
NEWC membership provides an assurance to both the public and the industry that horse welfare is the priority. Through working collaboratively with the industry and its members, NEWC is committed to improving efficiency through sharing information and resources. Streamlining education, regulation and enforcement initiatives are NEWC key objectives to ensure horse welfare standards steadily improve. The NEWC network is very wide with over 60 members throughout the UK which include equine welfare charities large and small as well as a multitude of organisations from the equestrian and veterinary sectors of the horse industry.
NEWC, in collaboration with the equine industry, produced and regularly revises the Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium, the first document of its kind to set out the minimum standards of care required to appropriately look after a horse. This document is an excellent welfare reference tool which will continue to provide essential detail on the legislative requirements and agreed industry standards for horse care.
The compendium has been used in welfare legislation and it was used to help develop the statutory Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Equines in England, Wales and Scotland. It is used by enforcement officers, veterinary surgeons and field officers. It is also used as core teaching material by five of the UK’s Veterinary Schools.