After a successful debate in parliament on Wednesday the 20th of February 2019 MP for Thornbury and Yate, Luke Hall, brings HorseWorld Trust’s aim of getting legal restrictions on tethering closer to becoming a reality.

HorseWorld Trust’s #BreakTheChain aims to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to include explicit restrictions on tethering horses. Over 12,000 people signed-up to the campaign and emails were sent to 94% of MP’s.

On Wednesday the 20th of February Luke Hall, MP for Thornbury and yate, gave a persuasive and heartfelt speech in the house of commons urging the Minister for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, David Rutley, to amend the Animal Welfare Act to include tethering restrictions. The speech received nothing but support from MP’s across three different parties during the debate. MP Jim Shannon, of Strangford, said: "(Tethering) Clearly not a long-term solution for any horse and needs to be looked at".

Luke is a champion of animal welfare and has previously helped to secure a ban on the domestic ivory trade in the UK and took a particular interest in HorseWorld’s #BreakTheChain campaign because his constituency has a high number of tethered horses.

Luke said: "Tethering can cause harm and suffering which is why I’m calling for four changes to the law to protect them. These are, a 24-hour legal limit on how long horses can be tethered for, a complete ban on tethering horses in dangerous locations. If a tether is someone’s only method of keeping an animal then they should not be allowed to keep that animal. And finally, to make it a mandatory duty for local councils to employ an Animal Welfare Officer.

Thanks to a rousing argument the debate resulted in a resounding success for Luke and for everyone concerned with equine welfare. The subject of equine tethering and equine law enforcement will now be taken to a round table committee. This will include representatives from other major equine rescue charities and will clarify the issue within the industry and what changes are recommended. DEFRA minister, David Rutley, said: "The strong arguments made today and the concerns that have been raised mean that I shall call for a meeting with key stakeholders in the months ahead".

Mark Owen managing director for HorseWorld said: "This is the best outcome we could have possibly hoped for. It is a win for the 3,500 tethered horses in the UK, they are now edging closer to being given a life of freedom off the tether. We are so grateful to Luke and his team for making this happen, all the MP’s who’ve offered their backing and to every single person who supported the campaign."