International League For The Protection Of Horses Steps Out At Midlands
a world where horses can face all manner of abuse and suffering,
there is one organisation that has been championing their cause
for over three quarters of a century. The International League for
the Protection of Horses (ILPH) will be using the Midlands Equine
Fair to show visitors just what it is that has made it a success
for the last 76 years. The indoor Midlands Equine Fair is taking
place completely under cover at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern,
on 8 and 9 March.
ILPH was founded in 1927 by Miss Ada Cole, when the ill treatment
of horses exported to Europe for slaughter came to her attention.
From her initial vision has grown the world's leading international
equine welfare charity, attending to the needs of suffering horses
wherever they are and however humble their role.
its head office in Norfolk, the ILPH runs five Recovery and Rehabilitation
Centres in the UK that look after as many as 300 equines at any
one time. But the charity's role is not just limited to its on-site
operations - it employs 16 full-time ILPH field officers, nearly
all ex-mounted policemen, who investigate cases of cruelty and neglect,
inspect horse markets and ports and give advice on horse welfare.
They also check the horses that have been re-homed on the ILPH's
horse loan scheme, which currently oversees nearly 1,700 rehabilitated
horses and ponies that are currently in approved homes.
of the ILPH's success stories is that of Arthur. Arthur was taking
visitors around Norwich on sight seeing trips between the shafts
of an 'omnibus' that was extremely difficult for him to pull because
of its bad design. He had open sores on his back and neck where
his harness rubbed and around his heels where the horse boots he
was wearing also rubbed. On top of this he was malnourished and
lame in a hind leg.
owner had managed to ply his trade in Norwich City Centre by saying
that the vehicle was a Horse Omnibus, not a hackney carriage, thus
avoiding a licence. Last summer though he was prosecuted for cruelty
and was sent to prison for 28 days and, as a result, Arthur came
to Hall Farm, the ILPH recovery and rehabilitation centre in Norfolk.
lots of rest, good food and physiotherapy Arthur has made a full
recovery. He has strengthened up nicely and, contrary to what the
Farm Manager thought when he came in, he is between the shafts once
Jo Carver, ILPH Head driving groom: "I am really pleased with
how he has come on, the difference is staggering. He's a lovely
little horse and will soon be going out to a loan home. I'll be
happy for him, after the life that he has had, but we will all be
sad not to have him around any more."
in the developing world, the ILPH runs training courses in saddlery,
farriery, veterinary care and nutrition. The charity believes that
education is the way forward, not only for the welfare of each animal
but also for the benefit of their owners - knowledge is a greater
force for change than criticism. In this way it creates a caring
and sustainable environment for both horse and owner.
area in which the ILPH is very vocal is political lobbying and direct
government contact - which are seen as the best means of influencing
legislation to improve equine welfare both at home and abroad. The
live transportation of horses for slaughter still remains high on
the ILPH agenda and will remain there until current European legislation
is adequately enforced or the trade stopped altogether.
Smales, Chief Executive of the ILPH comments: "It is a sad
indictment of the modern world that the cruelties and suffering
inflicted on equines 76 years ago are still an issue today. The
vision of Ada Cole, our founder, was to do something positive to
protect the rights of horses and we are proud to be carrying that
vision forward into a new century.
we cannot continue our work without the growing commitment of our
members and the general public, who have so generously made donations
to our funds over the years and who continue to do so. That is why
we are delighted to be attending the Midlands Equine Fair, which
will give us an ideal opportunity to show visitors our work and
to convince them of our cause."
information about the ILPH is available by calling 0870 870 1927
or by logging on at www.ilph.org.
for the Midlands Equine Fair at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern
on 8 and 9 March, are available in advance from Contour Exhibitions
& Events by calling 08700 115007 and advance booking discounts
are available. Further information and leaflets are available by
calling 01884 841644, or by logging on at www.contour.uk.net.