Target: Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs
Goal: Encourage rehoming efforts in the United Kingdom for unwanted horses
Horses in the United Kingdom are facing a crisis: despite decreased demand for horses, breeding efforts continue. Groups of horses have been found abandoned or neglected across the UK, and the crisis is projected to get worse. Petition the government to encourage and aid rehoming and adoption operations, and restrict unnecessary breeding.
Continuing to breed horses threatens the livelihoods of all those that are unwanted, abandoned, or neglected. Because of their long lifespan and unique needs, horses are much harder to rehome and adopt out than dogs or cats. Neglected or abused horses are also less likely to find homes, as they potentially require years to recover. Yet the government must make an effort to address the growing problem of equines, including the irresponsibility of breeding more animals that may end up burdening rescues already taxed to the limit.
The public must be encouraged to adopt horses, instead of purchasing them. With so many unwanted animals, it is irresponsible to allow breeding of horses to continue without some restrictions meant to address abandoned and rescued equines. Encouraging adoptions, and funding such efforts, would lessen the burden on rescues and increase space for more animals that are in need.
Dear Secretary Owen Paterson,
The number of horses taken in by rescues and charities has increased by more than half in recent years, yet breeding continues unabated. There is simply not enough demand for horses, and so they are abandoned, neglected, or surrendered to organizations that face an overwhelming number of animals.
I urge you to take steps to encourage horse adoptions, and address the adverse effects of horse breeding. Rescue organizations cannot hope to take in the increasing numbers of unwanted equines if breeding only exacerbates the problem. Yet funding efforts for rehoming and adopting out horses would ease the burden on rescues and free up much needed resources for other equines. Placing restrictions on breeding will also help to reduce the future population of horses. Please take the necessary steps to save the horses in the United Kingdom.
[Your Name Here]
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