Animal Aid Exposes: Race Horse Vivisection

21 06 2007

The racing industry’s horrific experiments on horses

Animal Aid report ‘A Dead Cert’

Over the last seven years, Animal Aid has produced a series of detailed reports exposing the major welfare problems associated with Thoroughbred breeding, racing, training and the disposal of commercially ‘unproductive’ horses.

Animals are highly in-bred for speed at the expense of skeletal strength and general robustness. Two-thirds of the 16,000 foals produced for racing every year are deemed unsuitable. Some go into other equestrian events but as many as 2,000 are sent for slaughter.

Click here to read Animal Aid report

Racing industry rejects accusations of ‘horrific’ experiments, The Guardian

Click here to read article Andrew Culf, sports correspondent
Wednesday May 16, 2007


Singing horses

21 06 2007

For those who haven’t yet seen this….Lol!

singing horses

This is no way to treat an angel~slideshow

19 06 2007

Slideshow from Last Angel Equine Defence

The Laminitis Trust

17 06 2007

Candy, the palomino mare Read more about Candy here is prone to laminitis. It’s a horrible disease, and very difficult to manage.

But apart from a very low grade laminitis last summer, which didn’t worsen, she has been clear on the whole for a long time. Although managing her paddock has been a task!

The best advice about Laminitis comes from The Laminitis Trust. I know that probably everyone who has a horse with laminitis is aware of the trust, but I just wanted to post their information here as it is so valuable.


The Laminitis Trust

Useful Resource-USA

No hoof-No horse

Animal Aid-Reports: Victory! Horse Slaughter Rules Tightened-Ascot

16 06 2007

Animal Aid and the Daily Express have forced the Ascot horse sales to change its rules. The move follows a joint undercover investigation – as a result of which, a race horse who was destined for the abattoir was given a secure future at the Midland Racehorse Care Centre. The Ascot horse sales, shocked by the public exposure, have tightened their regulations so that any horses sold in future will be “used for equine disciplines and not for slaughter” .This represents one more important step in an ongoing Animal Aid campaign to end the exploitation of Thoroughbred horses by the racing industry.

From Animal Aid

Gordon Ramsey’s F word misleads viewers on horse meat trade

15 06 2007

From The ILPH International League for the Protection of Horses

A leading horse charity, the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), has branded Gordon Ramsay’s F word programme irresponsible for promoting an unrealistically rosy picture of the horse meat trade.

Jo White, ILPH Head of Campaigns and European Affairs commented: “While the ILPH finds the consumption of horse meat distasteful we accept that in some cultures it is a meat animal. Our concern is how a horse gets onto the plate.

“Last night’s programme was very shallow and did not reflect the reality of the trade.

We were in discussion with their researchers in advance of the programme but their interest was only in focussing on an idyllic horse farm in France. The reality is that the long distance transport of the living animal for slaughter as opposed to a carcase trade accounts for nearly half of all horse meat compared to one in five cows, one in six sheep, one in eight chickens and one in ten pigs.

“100,000 horses every year have had to endure a journey over a thousand miles and many days from Eastern Europe where the supply is cheap to Italy where the demand is great. The programme did not want to know.

“By encouraging people to eat more horsemeat while glossing over the realities of the trade the Gordon Ramsey programme is actually encouraging an increase in the totally unnecessary and cruel long distance transport of horses for slaughter which the ILPH is working hard to eliminate.”

Ten facts about the horsemeat trade:

1. Approximately 100,000 horses per year are currently being transported long-distances live for slaughter within Europe, which is totally unnecessary and inhumane and should be replaced with a carcase only trade.

2. Journey times are excessively long, with horses travelling 1,000’s of miles for days on end only to be slaughtered when they arrive at the destination. Journeys in extreme weather conditions of around 1,380 miles taking three days from Poland to Southern Italy are not uncommon and some are even longer.

3. Proportionately more horses are transported live for slaughter or further fattening than any other meat species, by a very large margin. Research indicates that 46% of the equine trade were transported live for slaughter or further fattening compared to 19.8% of the bovine (cattle) trade, 15.9% of ovine (sheep) trade, 13.3% of poultry trade and 10.3% of pig trade.

4. Due to inhumane conditions during transportation, some serious injuries occur and sadly horses still die in transit.

5. Demand for horse meat is highest in Italy, with 84% of live horses destined for slaughter entering into and moving across EU Member States travelling to Italy (by comparison 7% go to France and 5% to Belgium).

6. The countries supplying the most horse meat are Poland, Romania and Spain, with Lithuania, Belarus and Serbia also being involved in the trade.

7. There are currently no EU regulations about the labelling of horse meat as packaging indicates the location of slaughter, not source. Therefore consumers are unaware of the origin of the meat and are therefore unable to make welfare friendly choices.

8. Although the EU Transport Regulation has been updated this year the key issue remains, as before, that insufficient resources are allocated to enforcement within the Member States. There is evidence that in some Member States enforcement is extremely poor.

9. One of the greatest concerns to the ILPH is inadequate provision of food, water or rest and the fact that there is no overall limit to journey times.

10. There is a general decrease in the trade of horses for meat. Since in 2001 the number of horses transported live for slaughter in the EU has decreased from 165,000 to around 100,000. Do we want to see these statistics rise again by creating a demand in the UK?

Horse babies! foal photos

14 06 2007