A Private Members’ Bill to protect responsible horse-owners from unfair compensation claims gets its second reading in the House of Commons today (14 March).

The Bill, drafted by lawyers for the Country Land and Business Association, is being brought by Preseli MP Stephen Crabb.

At present, the 1971 Animals Act states that if an animal is involved in an accident the owner is liable, whatever steps they took to avoid the incident.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (13 March, ’08)