There has been an increase in the number of animals killed or seriously injured as a result of road traffic accidents. In many areas members of the public have been leaving vegetables and other feed on the moor and next to the road for the ponies to eat. The Bodmin Moor Commons Council and the Animal & Plant Health Agency
urges the public not to feed the ponies. Eating unfamiliar feed such as vegetables can be harmful to the ponies. If ponies
become used to being fed they could bite, or otherwise injure humans if feed is not provided.

It is an offence to feed kitchen waste (peelings etc.) to livestock – under the Animal by-products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2011.

This ban is part of controls aimed at helping to prevent major outbreaks of animal disease such as Foot and Mouth Disease, and Swine Fever.