The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority removed eleven horses from the custody of a farmer in South Iceland, Vísir reports. According to a statement made by the agency, it had previously notified the owner that the animal’s conditions were not to standard, but upon a follow-up inspection, the necessary improvements had not been met.
“During the previous months, the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority has made repeated demands for improved facilities for the horses on the farm, the grouping of horses according to their physical fitness, and a special feeding regiment for the ones that need it most, without success. We believed there was a risk of permanent injury if their feeding and conditions were not improved. The horses were taken out of the owner’s possession and will be fed at his expense.”
While the horses are in the care of the state, the farmer is required to make the demanded improvements on his farm, including better access to feed.