HORSE traders have been targeted by police.
West Yorkshire Police and the RSPCA teamed up for an action day in the Holme Valley.
Ten horses were found without passports – documents introduced in 2004 to protect the health of animals.
By using a horse passport, owners pledge that their animal is not intended for human consumption, allowing the horse to be treated with a wide range of medicine.
This is because three-quarters of horse medicines have not been tested to see how long they take to leave the animal’s body.
As a result, the small number of horses slaughtered for human consumption are a risk to human health if they had been treated with these medicines.
Sgt John McFadzean said: “This operation was extremely successful and has sent out a message to the horse traders that they are not above the law. Operations of this type go a long way to reducing crimes linked to the equine world.”
In the same operation, police also seized three vehicles. Another 15 motorists were given notices for vehicle faults.
Two drivers were hit with £500 on-the-spot fines for using red diesel illegally.