Horse shooting: petition calling for inquiry into shooting signed nearly 7,000 times

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Nearly 7,000 people have signed a petition set up against senior figures at Three Rivers District Council after two horses were shot dead in Leavesden Country Park.

The petition, organised by the Racehorse Rescue Centre has been signed by more than 6,700 people and is calling for Three Rivers and one of its officers to be held to account for their handling of the case.

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In the petition, the Racehorse Rescue Centre said: “We would like an enquiry into the shooting of two horses by a gun wielding man riding a quad bike on public park land.”

Nigel Wood, chairman of the Racehorse Rescue Centre said: “They needed someone who knows how to handle horses and that’s what should have been sent in there, with some experience and even in the end result, we don’t understand why they had to shoot them, why didn’t they just dart them?”

Police were called on March 4 after members of the public saw two stray horses.

Councillor Ann Shaw, leader of Three Rivers Council told the Watford Observer last week: “What we usually do under our Green Yard Scheme, is to capture them but we couldn’t even get to them.

"There was a huge effort by the police and equine agency. We were trying for four hours and that is a long time. It was getting dark. What else could have done?

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9:21am Tue 8 Apr 14

croxley46 says...

Shoot the Councillors - they're overpaid and useless.
Shoot the Councillors - they're overpaid and useless. croxley46
  • Score: 11

12:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14

not a regular says...

Those horses look pretty alive to me
Those horses look pretty alive to me not a regular
  • Score: -4

1:26pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Sara says...

The ponies (not horses) were shot on the orders of the police. This was admitted by the police at a public meeting two weeks ago.

In my youth I was very involved with horses and ponies and spent a lot of time with them. It is not as simple as people make out. There were at least two people on the scene who know how to handle horses and ponies, but despite getting very close to the animals on a number of occasions, they were unable to capture them.

The horses were on and off local roads. If they had cause a road accident or trampled a child or old person, I expect some people would have been asking why they were not shot earlier.

Finally it is very unfair to persecute the officer named in many places. She was not even in the office at the tine and pushed no part in the decision.
The ponies (not horses) were shot on the orders of the police. This was admitted by the police at a public meeting two weeks ago. In my youth I was very involved with horses and ponies and spent a lot of time with them. It is not as simple as people make out. There were at least two people on the scene who know how to handle horses and ponies, but despite getting very close to the animals on a number of occasions, they were unable to capture them. The horses were on and off local roads. If they had cause a road accident or trampled a child or old person, I expect some people would have been asking why they were not shot earlier. Finally it is very unfair to persecute the officer named in many places. She was not even in the office at the tine and pushed no part in the decision. Sara
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Tue 8 Apr 14

CaptainPC says...

Sara wrote:
The ponies (not horses) were shot on the orders of the police. This was admitted by the police at a public meeting two weeks ago.

In my youth I was very involved with horses and ponies and spent a lot of time with them. It is not as simple as people make out. There were at least two people on the scene who know how to handle horses and ponies, but despite getting very close to the animals on a number of occasions, they were unable to capture them.

The horses were on and off local roads. If they had cause a road accident or trampled a child or old person, I expect some people would have been asking why they were not shot earlier.

Finally it is very unfair to persecute the officer named in many places. She was not even in the office at the tine and pushed no part in the decision.
Sara,

You make good points and you make them politely.

Have you posted by mistake? This isn't the forum for rational humans.

X
[quote][p][bold]Sara[/bold] wrote: The ponies (not horses) were shot on the orders of the police. This was admitted by the police at a public meeting two weeks ago. In my youth I was very involved with horses and ponies and spent a lot of time with them. It is not as simple as people make out. There were at least two people on the scene who know how to handle horses and ponies, but despite getting very close to the animals on a number of occasions, they were unable to capture them. The horses were on and off local roads. If they had cause a road accident or trampled a child or old person, I expect some people would have been asking why they were not shot earlier. Finally it is very unfair to persecute the officer named in many places. She was not even in the office at the tine and pushed no part in the decision.[/p][/quote]Sara, You make good points and you make them politely. Have you posted by mistake? This isn't the forum for rational humans. X CaptainPC
  • Score: 5

1:55pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Sara says...

I think you'll find most, if not all, of my posts are well made and polite :)
I think you'll find most, if not all, of my posts are well made and polite :) Sara
  • Score: 5

2:17pm Wed 9 Apr 14

CaptainPC says...

Sara wrote:
I think you'll find most, if not all, of my posts are well made and polite :)
I'm sure they are, but that makes you unusual on here. Is all. :)
[quote][p][bold]Sara[/bold] wrote: I think you'll find most, if not all, of my posts are well made and polite :)[/p][/quote]I'm sure they are, but that makes you unusual on here. Is all. :) CaptainPC
  • Score: 0

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