World Horse Welfare campaign victory

PUBLISHED: 16:47 12 December 2012

Richard Howitt and transportation message at the World Horse Welfare in Snetterton

Richard Howitt and transportation message at the World Horse Welfare in Snetterton


A Norfolk animal charity which led a campaign to end the long-distance transport of horses across Europe has won a commitment to end the practice.

Snetterton-based World Horse Welfare, which engaged Norfolk Euro MP Richard Howitt in its EU Slaughter Horses campaign, called for shorter journey times, more inspections and a reclassification to ensure horses were fully covered by the rules.

The resolution was today (Wednesday) passed by the European Parliament by 555 votes to 56.

Mr Howitt who is also a national vice-president of the RSPCA said in his speech to the European Parliament: “Of 65,000 horses transported across Europe each year, 94pc are found to have at least one acute injury, 90 per cent to show signs of disease.

“This week in Norfolk I saw evidence of a previously-healthy horse transported to Italy, so exhausted it could not muster the energy to stand up.

“I stood amongst 4,500 postcards from local people calling on Europe to end the cruelty. I am proud World Horse Welfare gives abused and neglected horses a second chance in life.

“I want to be equally proud that the European Union has acted so there are fewer horses for them to rescue in the first place.”

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