BATLEY and Spen MP Mike Wood has welcomed Royal Assent for the Ragwort Control Bill as a major step forward in the protection of horses.
The Act will come into force on February 20 next year after attracting Government backing and successfully passing through both houses of Parliament.
The new law amends the Weeds Act 1959 to allow more effective management of ragwort, a poisonous weed which is responsible every year for the deaths and illness of 1,500 horses, ponies and donkeys.
The weed grows in many places of Kirklees.
Mr Wood said: "This act will do a great deal to protect horses and other equines from the dangers of ragwort and other deadly weeds.
"It is a boost for animal welfare and great news for people who own and ride horses.
"It is particularly pleasing to see how much support it received in Parliament."