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Every year, 100,000 horses are transported across Europe for slaughter.
These cruel and barbaric journeys have to be stopped. There is no reason for this live transport to continue when horses can be slaughtered at source and transported as carcasses.
It is totally unneccessary for horses to leave France alive to be slaughtered in other EU countries. In France alone there are 111 abattoirs approved to slaughter horses.

It is extremely urgent we contact our MEPs before the 21st January to ask them to sign the Written Declaration 54/2009.

If more than half of all MEPs sign this before 21st January 2010, we will be one step closer to ending these brutal and hugely inappropriate journeys.

If less than half of the MEPs support the Declaration it will fail, weakening the case for new laws ending the long-distance transportation of horses to slaughter in the European Union.

Please take a few minutes to write to your MEPs so we can end these needless long haul journeys of horses to slaughter. We have downloadable copies of the letter in both French and English.

It’s so simple………in the link below go to your region, find the MEPs for your area, click on the email address, copy and paste the relevant language document from the Word Documents below, sign as yourself, and SEND!

Please do this, your effort could be the difference that changes an opinion, and the future for these horses.

To find your MEP in Europe, go to this LINK, click on your country and then your region.

MEP letter French

MEP letter UK

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A horrific story came to light in the equestrian news recently when a prized show horse was killed instantly by a truck on a main road in England. The horse was being transported in a trailer when the pins that hold the ramp shut popped out and the ramp fell open. This was a very popular make of trailer and was not very old. (more…)

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Yesterday, World Horse Welfare submitted a dossier to the European Commission requesting laws be tightened up that govern the live transport of horses going to slaughter. (more…)

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Last week Horse & Hound magazine news editor Abigail Butcher joined up with World Horse Welfare’s Jo White to track the journey of live horses going to slaughter from Poland to Italy, a 1700 mile trek. This journey can often take 4 or 5 days, and with the abolition of border controls this now means it is often a non stop journey of hell across Europe. 

It it always upsetting to watch these images, no matter how many times you see them it doesn’t get any easier, sentiments it seems that are also felt by  other welfare groups. Here at ERF we have witnessed the condition of equines in France that are bound for the slaughter houses, some their conditions considerably worse than those reported by H&H in this report. Part of our work at ERF is monitoring the local sales and reporting our findings to help fight to improve enforcement of the current transport regulations.  We intend as part of our assistance to this to be able to track some of the French horses on their outward travel to slaughter houses across Europe. This is a costly operation and we ask for your support to enable us to do this. As the report shows just a minority of these transporters are abiding by the rules and using the staging posts to rest the horses……what about the others?

Read Abigails online factual diary here…

Day 1 – Central Poland

Day 2 – Zebrzydowice staging post

Day 3 – Hungary/Slovenia border

Day 4 – Slovenia

Day 5 – Italian border 

Their findings and what you can do to help

ERF actively support WHW and WSPA  campaigns on the fight to end long haul live transport….please do something positive towards this today and sign the petition here…

 ‘Make a noise’ campaign petition

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