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future agri-environmental schemes.

                               ◊  protection of their rare genetics is refused by the FAnGr committee
                                  because, by Equine ID’s definition, semi-wild ponies can not be recognised
                                  as a breed and are given no equivalent status.  The status of Semi-Wild,

                                  supported by genetic analysis, should be valued equally to Breed status.

                               ◊  new passporting regulation has called the annual pony auction into
                                  question – the major route through which semi-wild ponies leave the moor
                                  (to comply with agri-enviro grazing numbers) to be domesticated.  3
                                  important changes are needed to the 2018 Equine ID Regulation.

                           The result is that, whether standing on the moor, where they have stood for at
                           least 4,000 years, or leaving the moor, DEFRA policies have previously
                           incentivised that they be shot.

                           This needs to be changed. The Agriculture Bill is the next and biggest opportunity

                           to make that change.   A first step would be to express their value through Public
                           Payment for Public Goods.

               Cross Referencing the above information with the purposes for which The Secretary of State

               may give financial assistance (as summarised by the Foundation for Common Land):

                   ◊   Managing land or water in a way that protects or improves the environment: 4e, 4h,

                   ◊   Supporting public access to and enjoyment of the countryside, farmland or woodland

                       and better understanding the environment: 4di), 4e, 4f, 4giii),

                   ◊   Managing land or water  in a way that maintains, restores or enhances cultural

                       heritage or natural heritage and the associated farming systems that deliver them: 4d

                   ◊   Mitigating or adapting to climate change: 4g(iii), 4h
                   ◊   Preventing, reducing or protecting from environmental hazards: 4e, 4h

                   ◊   Protecting or improving the health or welfare of livestock: 4e

                   ◊   Protecting or improving the health of plants: 4e

                   ◊   Traditional farming systems on upland, commons, coastal and other challenged areas:


                   ◊   Genetics and support for rare breed: 4g, 4c
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