14 SEP 2016

Dr Dan calls for urgent action to be taken in plight of horses at Paper Mill Lane

In trying to bring an end to the plight of some horses being kept in the vicinity of Paper Mill Lane, Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has written to both Suffolk County Council and the RSPCA insisting that urgent action is now taken to intervene and protect these animals from further suffering.

Dr Poulter has raised concerns over the welfare of the animals on a number of occasions now and remains concerned at their continued poor condition. A number of constituents have contacted Dr Poulter in recent weeks and previously, towards the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 setting out their concerns that the horses are being kept in an inhumane and cruel conditions.

In photos sent to Dr Poulter, it would certainly appear that the animals are living in desperately poor conditions with insufficient access to food, shelter and water.

Dr Poulter said "Despite previous assurances that steps were being taken to ensure the welfare of the animals, it is clear that the situation has deteriorated further and in this unseasonally hot and uncomfortable weather, I am keen to ensure that the welfare of these animals is addressed immediately and that they are no longer subjected to this prolonged cruelty.

In writing to both Suffolk County Council and the RSPCA, Dr Poulter has asked that steps are taken immediately to improve the welfare of the animals, as well as seeking reassurance that adequate measures are in place to ensure that their future wellbeing is safeguarded.

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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control (12 Sep 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding will be put in place to stop the spread of TB in cattle after the UK leaves the EU.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services: Occupational Therapy (12 Sep 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent occupational therapists working in mental health the NHS has employed in each year since 2006-07.