Horse claims challenged by McDonald
Ireland's international reputation is being damaged by the inaccurate portrayal of the facts regarding the current horse welfare crisis, Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) chief executive Damian McDonald has warned.
Much of the international coverage of the Irish welfare problem has not been based on fact and the scale of the problem has been exaggerated, Mr McDonald claimed.
This included a claim that 20,000 horses had been abandoned in Ireland and horses were roaming the streets.
"There is a problem with the abandonment and neglect of horses in a pocket of areas," said Mr McDonald.
"However, recent statements made to the media that 20,000 horses are abandoned in Ireland cannot be substantiated in any way.
"Damaging Ireland's reputation abroad will not help the sector and could result in further reducing the value of our horses if people are put off coming to Ireland to buy them."