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Equine obesity at epidemic levels, says charity - Full Article

November 12, 2009

Fat and obese horses are now at epidemic levels in Britain, the charity World Horse Welfare has warned.

The charity today released findings of a major survey indicating the public has trouble recognising an obese horse and the health concerns that can generate.

More than half of 2150 members of the general public surveyed either did not correctly recognise an overweight horse or, if they did, indicated that it posed little or no welfare threat.

"We are a nation of animal lovers, but sometimes we can love our pets too much and with devastating consequences," said the charity's chief executive, Roly Owers.

Around half of all companion animals are now obese in Western civilization, the charity said.


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