Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, has accepted an invitation from local horse welfare charity People4ponies to become a patron.
Neil Parish MP has been a longstanding supporter of People4ponies and has campaigned with them to ban hot-branding of ponies on Dartmoor and Exmoor. Neil Parish is also Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) which released an Equine welfare report, alongside the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Horse, in February 2014 outlining their serious concerns for horse and ponies in England.
Speaking on the appointment Faye Stacey, who runs People4ponies, said:
“We really appreciate all the help and support that Neil has given us with our campaigning work and we wanted to recognise his efforts in improving the welfare of wild ponies and equines. Neil’s efforts have been vital in getting issues such as hot branding discussed in Parliament.”
Neil Parish said:
“I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to become patron of People4ponies. Faye and her team do an amazing job caring for ponies and finding them new homes. I look forward to continuing my support for their work and to promote equine welfare.”
Vanessa Bee of The Horse Agility Club also agreed to be a patron of People4ponies earlier in the year and we are very grateful to both our patrons for their help and dedication.