On Thursday 15th September 2016, Scott Mann MP will be in attendance at a microchipping and passporting operation, led by Redwings’ Head of Welfare and Behaviour Nic de Brauwere, which aims to identify the ponies of Eastmoor, Bodmin.
The ambitious operation – which will span four days – has been developed by Redwings Horse Sanctuary in close collaboration with the Bodmin Moor Commons Council and has been funded by the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust. It also sees several member organisations of the National Equine Welfare Council (chaired by Nic de Brauwere), including the British Horse Society, Blue Cross Bransby Horses and World Horse Welfare as well as the RSPCA and APHA, coming together to help secure the future welfare of the ponies of Bodmin Moor.
The plight of the ponies on certain areas of Bodmin Moor has been well documented. A lack of formal identification of horses and a lack of enforcement of identification laws has led to ponies being abandoned or illegally grazed on areas of the Moor. Overcrowding, coupled with the adverse weather conditions of this past winter, has meant there simply is not enough food for the number of ponies.
The fundamental aim of this project, therefore, is to formally identify the ponies of owners who have rights to graze on Eastmoor through passporting and microchipping. As well as distinguishing any ponies that are being illegally grazed, this operation will provide an opportunity to assess the health and condition of the ponies.
MP for North Cornwall Scott Mann has been championing the work of the Bodmin Moor Commons Council and animal welfare organisations, and is eager to lend his support by attending on Thursday 15th September. Journalists and photographers are therefore invited to attend between 11am and 3pm to photograph the operation.