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French report

French report

There are many assumptions made about the scale of horse production in France, particularly in the UK where individuals want to ‘rescue’ horses from the abattoir. We regularly hear ‘rescue’ sites talking about the huge numbers of horses being transported in illegal conditions to Italy – indeed we once believed these tales too and it is only with considerable research that we found out the truth.

The official 2008 figures have recently been released and they make interesting reading:

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The current ‘Tripartite Agreement’ means that although equines must hold a valid Passport to travel between the UK, France and Ireland, there is no need for them to have a health certificate or clinical inspection. The Veterinary industry is  now calling for a review to be made, as the current rulings in place could potentially allow serious diseases to enter the UK from border-free Europe. (more…)

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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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In an effort to understand the French equine market in more detail, we have been researching the origins of horsemeat available in supermarkets within the different departments of France. Our findings so far indicate that France is a mass producer of horses for meat, but a fair proportion of those are not slaughtered here in France, but transported to Italy.

The largest import of live horses into France comes from Poland….the largest export of live horses from France goes to Italy. Horses in the UK are still being exported to the rest of Europe live via the Ireland-France route, some taking the onward 4 day trip to Italy (or 2 day if EU transport regs are ignored).

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This week saw a new campaign hit the BBC headlines highlighting the plight animals suffer during long haul transport to abattoirs across Europe. The Spain to Italy route that horses often travel has a mention, which can only be a good thing for those of us campaigning to see legislation’s tightened up.

The ‘Handle with Care’ footage and the petition can be accessed here.

Please be aware there are some disturbing images.

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