Stop Live Exports
Stop the live export of horses for slaughter
The Irish Horse Welfare Trust calls for an end to the long distance transport of horses across Europe for the purpose of slaughter.
THE CURRENT SITUATION
Every year 65,000 horses are transported in horrific conditions across Europe for the purpose of slaughter. The terrible conditions endured during these long journeys often mean that horses travel for long periods of time without rest, food or water, suffer from disease, dehydration, exhaustion and injury. These journeys are not only inhumane but are totally unnecessary. The infrastructure already exists to make slaughter at source and a carcass only trade possible.
One slaughter route through Europe that has been identified by the U.K. charity, World Horse Welfare, passes 180 licensed horse slaughter yards before reaching its final destination. Horses should be slaughtered as close to the point of origin as possible and transported as meat, not forced to endure days of suffering. It also makes better economic sense to have horses slaughtered in their country of origin.
Many people are unaware that every year hundreds of horses leave Ireland only to be transported to a slaughter house somewhere in mainland Europe. The conditions under which they are transported are not properly regulated and many of our horses are suffering unnecessarily. So although this is an international welfare issue, it also affects many of our own horses.
ADOPTION OF WRITTEN DECLARATION 54/2009
Thank you to all who wrote to their MEPs asking them to support Written Declaration 54/2009. Thank you also to all the MEPs who got involved and gave their support. Your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated.
Written Declaration 54/2009 was adopted with 405 MEPs giving their support. Click here for full list of signatories. The mandate is to review the current regulation, and also to see stringent enforcement. The current legislation, EU Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 has serious deficiencies and some Member States do not rigorously enforce it, resulting in exhaustion, injury, pain and stress among horses who make these unnecessary journeys.
It is obvious that the best practice from a Welfare perspective ensures that enforceable and effective regulation is introduced, to underpin progressive policy to ensure a short, finite journey limit and increased space allowance so that horses no longer suffer needlessly.
SEND A SIGNAL TO EUROPE TO SAY THAT IRELAND NO LONGER SUPPORTS THIS TRADE
We need you to help us to convince the European Commission to introduce a maximum journey limit of 9 to 12 hours, ending the torment caused by these relentless journeys.
You have already proven how successful your action can be with the adoption of Written Declaration 54/2009. With your help and the help of MEPs we can convince the European Commission to introduce a proposal for short finite journey limits and drive this abuse off Europe’s roads for good.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE RIGHT NOW
1. Write to Commissioner Borg and ask him improve labelling so consumers can make welfare-friendly choices.
2. Write to your MEPs and thank them for their help with Written Declaration 54/2009. Ask them to get more involved with the campaign. MEPs are elected to be your voice in Europe and can influence policy. You can find out who your MEPs are by visiting www.europarl.ie
4. Spread the word about the success of Written Declaration – let all of your friends and family know! Pass on the message to your friends in Europe and ask them to get involved.
You can find out who your MEPs are by visiting www.europarl.ie.