Horses in Mardyke Valley are fine, according to Thurrock Council

Thurrock Gazette: Campaigners say the horses aren't safe on the flood plain. Campaigners say the horses aren't safe on the flood plain.

THURROCK Council have announced that the RSPCA haven’t raised any concerns over the welfare of horses in the Mardyke Valley, a week after campaigners slammed the council for not protecting the animals on the flood hit land.

The council said the animals were found to be fit and well fed, and despite it being a dedicated flood plain, there is higher, drier land to which the horses have free access.

A spokesman added: “Council officers have been monitoring the situation very closely over recent weeks.

"They have visited the site four times since Christmas – the latest yesterday - and have met with the tenant; somebody who has been grazing horses on the land for more than two decades, starting when it was owned by Essex County Council.

“Council trading standards officers are currently checking to confirm that all the horses grazing on the site have valid horse passports.”

“Thurrock will continue checking to monitor the safety of these animals regularly.”

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4:38pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Marcus P says...

Well they would say that wouldn't they!
Well they would say that wouldn't they! Marcus P

7:02pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Actresponsibly says...

Really? What about the severely lame black cob that two men whiipped today to get it to its feet? In front of Thurrock Gazette reporter too. Suppose that poor thing will be hidden away from the welfare people now too eh? Shameful. I would like to do the same to these two cruel individuals and see how they like to be treated in the same manner.
Really? What about the severely lame black cob that two men whiipped today to get it to its feet? In front of Thurrock Gazette reporter too. Suppose that poor thing will be hidden away from the welfare people now too eh? Shameful. I would like to do the same to these two cruel individuals and see how they like to be treated in the same manner. Actresponsibly

7:41pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Berry33 says...

So how is living in a flooded mud pit with no food and not getting proper care acceptable, is this how the employees of Thurrock council live
So how is living in a flooded mud pit with no food and not getting proper care acceptable, is this how the employees of Thurrock council live Berry33

7:44pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Yashmak says...

I feel like I'm living in a parallel land - are they visiting the same horses? On the same Mardyke?

Shame on the RSPCA 'if' they have stated that - the amount of money they have had to plough into this site over the years does not say to me that they have no concerns.

I think the Council may still have missed the point of the subletting and risk of drowning amongst other things.

I guess it's easier to turn a blind eye and sit behind a comfortable warm desk. Hope you sleep well at night!
I feel like I'm living in a parallel land - are they visiting the same horses? On the same Mardyke? Shame on the RSPCA 'if' they have stated that - the amount of money they have had to plough into this site over the years does not say to me that they have no concerns. I think the Council may still have missed the point of the subletting and risk of drowning amongst other things. I guess it's easier to turn a blind eye and sit behind a comfortable warm desk. Hope you sleep well at night! Yashmak

7:45pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Actresponsibly says...

Ian Rydings of Thurrock Council states there is nothing wrong at the location and all is well. Fat cat sitting at home in the warm and dry, well fed Mr Rydings.

Obviously he didnt see the poor black horse that could hardly hobble along or perhaps he did but of course that's alright then Mr Rydings isn't it? At least you're okay and thats whats important isn't it.
Ian Rydings of Thurrock Council states there is nothing wrong at the location and all is well. Fat cat sitting at home in the warm and dry, well fed Mr Rydings. Obviously he didnt see the poor black horse that could hardly hobble along or perhaps he did but of course that's alright then Mr Rydings isn't it? At least you're okay and thats whats important isn't it. Actresponsibly

7:47pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Actresponsibly says...

Yashmak wrote:
I feel like I'm living in a parallel land - are they visiting the same horses? On the same Mardyke?

Shame on the RSPCA 'if' they have stated that - the amount of money they have had to plough into this site over the years does not say to me that they have no concerns.

I think the Council may still have missed the point of the subletting and risk of drowning amongst other things.

I guess it's easier to turn a blind eye and sit behind a comfortable warm desk. Hope you sleep well at night!
I hope they don't sleep at all. But then they obviously has no moral conscience. Selfish self centred people
[quote][p][bold]Yashmak[/bold] wrote: I feel like I'm living in a parallel land - are they visiting the same horses? On the same Mardyke? Shame on the RSPCA 'if' they have stated that - the amount of money they have had to plough into this site over the years does not say to me that they have no concerns. I think the Council may still have missed the point of the subletting and risk of drowning amongst other things. I guess it's easier to turn a blind eye and sit behind a comfortable warm desk. Hope you sleep well at night![/p][/quote]I hope they don't sleep at all. But then they obviously has no moral conscience. Selfish self centred people Actresponsibly

8:19pm Tue 7 Jan 14

epona89 says...

Aah the horses are fine, say the council who are in breach of not one, not two but several breaches of the land agreement. Hopefully when they met with the tenant who they have been illegally letting land to for the last TWENTY YEARS (at least they recognize THAT)it was to tell him to take better care of his horses and to get off the land. Shame on Thurrock council - just because a horse is standing does not mean it is 'fine'. Still, I suppose there is one silver lining - at least they have plenty of water!
Aah the horses are fine, say the council who are in breach of not one, not two but several breaches of the land agreement. Hopefully when they met with the tenant who they have been illegally letting land to for the last TWENTY YEARS (at least they recognize THAT)it was to tell him to take better care of his horses and to get off the land. Shame on Thurrock council - just because a horse is standing does not mean it is 'fine'. Still, I suppose there is one silver lining - at least they have plenty of water! epona89

8:42pm Tue 7 Jan 14

TOBI13 says...

is it a question of money that is stopping anything happening here?

is it a complicated system or a lack of knowledge or both?

how long has this been going on?

A LIE GETS HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD BEFORE THE TRUTH HAS A CHANCE TO PUT ITS PANTS ON.

AND SO IT CARRYS ON AND ON AND ON AND ON
is it a question of money that is stopping anything happening here? is it a complicated system or a lack of knowledge or both? how long has this been going on? A LIE GETS HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD BEFORE THE TRUTH HAS A CHANCE TO PUT ITS PANTS ON. AND SO IT CARRYS ON AND ON AND ON AND ON TOBI13

9:02pm Tue 7 Jan 14

arnt guinness says...

Its just utterly disgusting that Thurrock Council
are saying that these poor horses are not
suffering!!! Why didnt the reporter,who saw
the beating of a black cob, report and post
pictures of this horrific incident!!!!! HORSES
ARE IN DANGER ON THIS FLOODED LAND
Its just utterly disgusting that Thurrock Council are saying that these poor horses are not suffering!!! Why didnt the reporter,who saw the beating of a black cob, report and post pictures of this horrific incident!!!!! HORSES ARE IN DANGER ON THIS FLOODED LAND arnt guinness

9:29pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BobbyD84 says...

Well, I must be living in the twilight zone! The place I visited had exactly the same name and is in exactly the same place! BUT what I saw was a dangerous place to keep a horse. No responsible owner would even consider putting a horse on there. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 states "Not only is it against the law to be cruel to an animal, you must also ensure that all the welfare needs of your animals are met." It also points out the basic needs: -
"These include the need:
•For a suitable environment (place to live)
•For a suitable diet
•To exhibit normal behaviour patterns
•To be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable)
•To be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease

Anyone who is cruel to an animal, or does not provide for its welfare needs, may be banned from owning animals, fined up to £20,000 and/or sent to prison."

I'd like to see the RSPCA address each of these points and explain to us plebs exactly why they think none of this applies to the horses on the Mardyke. As for TBC, they seem adamant to ignore what's under their noses. Until one of these horses dies, they will do nothing.
Well, I must be living in the twilight zone! The place I visited had exactly the same name and is in exactly the same place! BUT what I saw was a dangerous place to keep a horse. No responsible owner would even consider putting a horse on there. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 states "Not only is it against the law to be cruel to an animal, you must also ensure that all the welfare needs of your animals are met." It also points out the basic needs: - "These include the need: •For a suitable environment (place to live) •For a suitable diet •To exhibit normal behaviour patterns •To be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable) •To be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease Anyone who is cruel to an animal, or does not provide for its welfare needs, may be banned from owning animals, fined up to £20,000 and/or sent to prison." I'd like to see the RSPCA address each of these points and explain to us plebs exactly why they think none of this applies to the horses on the Mardyke. As for TBC, they seem adamant to ignore what's under their noses. Until one of these horses dies, they will do nothing. BobbyD84

9:35pm Tue 7 Jan 14

TOBI13 says...

BOBBYD84
i could not agree more
i am cancelling my payments to the RSPCA there is no prevention of cruelty to animals here. This decision makes me sad but i have no choice it is now a matter of principal!
BOBBYD84 i could not agree more i am cancelling my payments to the RSPCA there is no prevention of cruelty to animals here. This decision makes me sad but i have no choice it is now a matter of principal! TOBI13

9:40pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BobbyD84 says...

Yes TOBI13, sadly I think I will do the same.
Yes TOBI13, sadly I think I will do the same. BobbyD84

11:23pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Actresponsibly says...

I had put the RSPCA in my will but will be making an appointment to see my solciitor to change it as soon as possible. They will not get a penny from me now. They should be doing something here. They wanted the Animal Welfare bill in but don't abide by it. Shame on you RSPCA. You're only ever around for comment when its good publicity on TV other than that you hide behind a blank wall. Idea. Why not offer Ian Rydings a placement with you. He's useless too.
I had put the RSPCA in my will but will be making an appointment to see my solciitor to change it as soon as possible. They will not get a penny from me now. They should be doing something here. They wanted the Animal Welfare bill in but don't abide by it. Shame on you RSPCA. You're only ever around for comment when its good publicity on TV other than that you hide behind a blank wall. Idea. Why not offer Ian Rydings a placement with you. He's useless too. Actresponsibly

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