Gruesome Scene of Horse Suffering Uncovered

13 06 2009

“Just three weeks ago, 25 thin and neglected foals, stallions and pregnant mares were removed from an isolated farm in Aberdeenshire. The semi feral horses had not been handled or received even the most basic of care for many months and were forced to wade through thick mud to reach what little grazing was available. They had been allowed to breed indiscriminately and the body of a still born foal had been left where it lay. A weak and collapsed filly was also found and had to be put to sleep.

The plight of the horses was discovered after a concerned member of the public called World Horse Welfares free UK Welfare Hotline. Field Officer Doug Howie was sent to investigate and was shocked at what he found. Doug knew that in order to get the horses signed over and ensure their safe removal, he would have to keep quiet about a terrible discovery he had made at the premises.”


Slaughterhouses: Where Racehorses Go To Retire

7 06 2009

Every year, hundreds of thoroughbreds from the U.S. are sold to stables in Japan, where 90 percent of all horses end up in slaughterhouses. In most Japanese slaughterhouses, horses meet a frightening death. They are killed, cut apart, and end up as food for dogs and humans. Read more….PeTA Slaughterhouses: where racehorses go to retire

Please sign this petition – Don’t let the Gray family keep animals ever again!

10 05 2009

Trader guilty of Britain’s worst animal cruelty case can still keep horses…

Please sign and forward far and wide. This cannot ever be allowed to happen again!!!

Update ‘Belle’ The horse saved from a french fattening farm

9 05 2009

Belle is an 18 year old mare who was due to be slaughtered. She was at a french fattening farm and funds were urgently needed to help transport her to a rescue centre in France. Last Angel Equine Rescue raised £611.00 to save Belle, who is safe and well, thanks to the donations so kindly received.

UPDATE: From Equine Section
Belle is as I write this on her way to the epona trust pony rescue and will arrive there this evening. We raised altogether £611 and then someone sent me 350 euros to there was plenty to get her out of the fat farm. I am getting the transporter that goes over to france to bring the rescue horses back the money to give the farmer and he will give me a receipt for it.

Please thank all your supporters for their donations the old lady is now on the way to a loving place for the rest of her life.


Further update received via email Sunday 8th June 08
From Belle’s new home The Epona Trust in France:

I am happy to tell you that belle arrived at the Epona Trust and is doing well on her first day. She arrived at 11:45 pm yesterday and all the other horses raced to greet her, she is settling in well, and we will send you some photos of her when we get some!
Thank you

Further update

For those who don’t know her, Belle is a bright chestnut mare with a white star – she was clearly a very high quality horse who for some reason ended up as a brood mare, and she, and her 8 year old daughter, Romana, both ended up at the fattening farm.

Belle was reserved and was due to come to the UK but when Rober the transporter came to collect her, she panicked in the lorry and had an extreme breathing problem, so he could not bring her as she was unfit to travel – she would have been ‘fit’ to go to Italy but not fit to come to safety.

She is a beautiful mare, we all just wanted to gather up and hug her, as she had such a lovely face and so down on her luck. She was probably, at some stage in her life, valuable and valued, but she got chucked on the scrap heap probably through no fault of her own, other than getting older.

“Belle is wonderful and she has not had any problems this winter with breathing. We walked her a mile this week to a new field and she acted like a three year old, she has no stress in her life now and everyone who meets her loves her.”

Belle - upon arrival at The Epona Trust

Belle - upon arrival at The Epona Trust

Belle - Latest Picture

Belle - Latest Picture

Belle - At the French Fattening Farm

The following is our original appeal to help Belle:

This is Belle. She is an 18 year old mare currently in a French fattening farm, and doesn’t have long left before she will be transported for slaughter. She is unable to travel to the UK, so needs to stay in France. She has been offered a rescue place but the rescue cannot pay what it costs to buy her. She costs 610 euros – £484 and another 300 euros £238.00 transport costs to get her to the rescue. Total 910 euros – £712. I have donated £130.00 so that leaves £580

Please click the donations link below if you can help: There is a donate button on the page.


Please help save Belle from a tragic journey to slaughter!

“Quote” the less fortunate Equine’s who are still seeking home’s before being needlessly PTS. These Equines are currently on fattening farms in France, their fate will subject them to a 3 day journey from France to Italy with no food water on a crushed lorry containing many foals, pregnant mares often with foals at foot who are within 2 weeks of their gestation period. Most perish before arriving at their destination (the Italian slaughter house!!!!) some may call these the lucky ones. Many of these equines are failed racers, bred for meat or elderly and outlived their use as a brood mare.

Non profits – website designer offers 7 page website for £100

24 03 2008

This may be of use to other non-profit organisations out there….

Our website designer is offering a 7 page website for £100. This offer is open to anyone who wants a website, but it is a great chance to have a professionally designed website for non-profits. He did a fantastic job for us!

Click here to visit his site:

Branch Of Design

Please help this starved horse

30 12 2007

This is a plea from a dear friend of mine who is in the USA. She is in Liberty, South Carolina really needs a helping hand to pay for hay and feed to keep this horse alive!!!!

There is a paypal button on her site. Please go here: Starving horse in need  and donate a minimum of $2.00 if you can, please!….it’s not much to ask to help this beautiful horse who has suffered so much. She has a chance now, with my friend’s help. Please help her!!!!
Thank you so much
Last Angel Equine Defence

A warning to UK horse owners, before you part with your horse

24 12 2007

The following article was published in 2001, but is still as relevant now, as it was at the time of publication.

Horses sold for petfood as owners duped

Anthony Browne

Sunday, January 28 2001 The Observer

Hundreds of horses sent into early retirement by their loving owners are being chopped up and sold as dog food by con men.

The owners are being duped into handing over their old horses by criminals who sell them for pet food at £100 each. Police say they know of hundreds of horses that have disappeared, and have uncovered one conspiracy that spans the country.

Hampshire police recently made four arrests after a two-year undercover operation, and are preparing 20 specimen charges. A spokeswoman said: ‘We have got a lot of horses missing. We know it’s common. The owners are really distraught.’

When a horse is too old to ride, owners who cannot afford to keep it often try to find it a new life as a ‘companion horse’ in a stables, keeping other horses company. Ann Pritchard’s horse, Sally, disappeared after she answered an advert in a horse magazine saying ‘companions wanted’. A man came the next morning, showing photographs of where the horse would be kept and of his own horse, which was pining away because it was on its own.

Ann Pritchard trusted the man and handed Sally over. But when she tried to visit her old horse he said she couldn’t and became abusive. One of her friends telephoned him a few days later and he said he still needed a companion horse.

‘I’m very, very upset – it’s very stressful. I didn’t sleep for the first fortnight. I can’t believe I was taken in by this man,’ said Ms Pritchard. ‘I thought I had found a good home for Sally, but instead she’s almost certainly been sold to the knacker’s yard. I haven’t told my daughter yet – it would really upset her.’

In another type of scam, old and injured horses are given a strong painkiller, which disguises the fact that they are lame. They are then sold for thousands of pounds. The new owners quickly discover they have been conned and often sell the horses, which end up in abattoirs.

The con men entice owners through classified advertisements but use only mobile phone numbers. One recent advert in Horse magazine said: ‘Companion horse wanted – any offers considered.’ Another read: ‘Wanted on permanent loan. Any height stamp, loving farm awaits.’

The dealers usually make sure that the owner never sees the horse’s supposed new home. However, in some cases, dealers have persuaded owners to go to fake locations where there are other horses. When they return to visit their horse, they find the place deserted.

Nichola Gregory of the British Horse Society said: ‘It’s fairly widespread. There are a lot of people who can’t afford to look after their horses and a lot of other people who want to make money out of it.’

Many horse owners feel intimated by the dealers and are afraid to speak out for fear of retribution.

‘They are the sort of people who set a hay barn on fire or poison a horse,’ one said.

Sometimes the dealers offer a token sum to the owners for the ‘companion horse’ because it means that they are buying it and so have a legal right to do with it whatever they want. If they simply take the horse without payment, the owners could have some legal redress.

The Observer