A few days ago, my name was passed on to someone who needed a horse to be put down. I DID NOT do it.
The vet was charging £120.00 to kill the horse. A couple of reasons that I didn't kill the horse, include being at work at the the time, and not having 'Humane dispatch' on my licence.
I rang the (Humberside) FAO to find out where I stood legally, should I be asked again, and they confirmed that I would be breaking the law, should I decide to help out - they also stated that a .243 was not a big enough calibre to put a horse down(?)
I then asked about having Humane dispatch added as a condition onto my certificate, at which point they decided to ask my name and address, whilst they 'looked into it'.
When they called me back, I was informed that such a request would be very unlikely to be granted, due to the fact that I am not
I was also informed that, had I chosen to shoot the horse, I could also have been prosecuted by the RSPCA under the cruelty to animals act, to which my immediate (and unthinking) reply was "But if the RSPCA found out that I had the means to prevent an animal suffering, and did nothing, then they could STILL prosecute me couldn't they?"
That was met by a very definite silence!
The people that owned the horse are part of the 'travelling community' and some members of their family have settled into houses near us, so there may be a chance that I will be asked again, should they have need; I would welcome any advice, or opinions on this,