Horse charities slate ‘horrific’ equine trade
Two of the country’s foremost equine charities, World Horse Welfare based at Snetterton and Redwings Horse Sanctuary at Hapton, spoke out this week about the “horrific abuse” involved in the trade of horse meat.
Their comments follow revelations that horse meat has been found in products labelled as beef in some British supermarkets, with the source of the contamination being traced to abattoirs in Romania.
World Horse Welfare is vigorously campaigning for an end to long-distance transportation of horses to slaughter in Europe. It also runs a project in Romania where it works to improve the welfare of over one million working horses.
Chief executive Roly Owers said the untold story behind the scandal was “the horrific abuse of horses in this murky trade”. “Eating horse meat is a personal choice but people should know that every year 65,000 horses suffer terribly in hellish conditions as they are transported across Europe on long distance journeys to slaughter.”
Mr Owers said the economic downturn had left people struggling to care for their horses and the number sent to slaughter in the UK had nearly doubled since 2009 to almost 10,000. Welfare charities had warned of an impending horse crisis. “There are simply too many horses in Britain and the country urgently needs to get to grips with the over breeding of poor quality stock that no one wants to buy.”
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