Racing Personalities Join Support for Charity Ride
Jockeys, trainers and media personalities alike have come out in
support of a long distance charity ride this summer to raise awareness
of the slaughter horse transportation traffic across Europe.*
Richard Pitman, Carl Llewellyn, Clare Balding, Jonjo O'Neil, Terry
Biddlecombe, Henrietta Knight, John Francome, Richard Dunwoody,
and Graham Thorner have all added their names to a growing list
of personalities from the field of entertainment and the horse world
supporting the ILPH (International League for the Protection of
Horses) Transportation Awareness Ride from Scotland to Westminster
"We are fortunate in the UK that regulations governing the
transportation of horses, and indeed all animals, for slaughter
are enforced. This sadly is not the case on the continent and many
equines suffer unnecessarily, travelling for days without stopping
for rest, food or water.
"We fully support the work of the ILPH in trying to see the
same standards on slaughter horse transportation that are in operation
in this country, applied in mainland Europe, with the eventual aim
of stopping the live traffic altogether," they commented.
In addition Richard Dunwoody, Clare Balding and Graham Thorner are
all hoping to join the ride on horseback at some point over its
6 week duration.
Adds John McCririck, of Channel 4 Racing, "We should all back
the ILPH's initiative to stop the live traffic of horses for slaughter
in Europe - no horse ought to suffer appalling transportation conditions
particularly on its final journey."
Full details on the Ride can be obtained by calling 0870 366 6910.
Those wishing to offer their support in any way can call 0870 908
1927 where they will be able to leave a message. Additional information
can be found on the ILPH website at www.ilph.org
Horse Transportation Awareness Ride 2002
A host of celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and
horse sports have pledged their support to a long distance
charity ride this summer.
The ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses)
Transportation Awareness Ride will start from the Border Union
Show at Kelso, on Saturday 27th July and will finish in Westminster,
London in early September.
The objective of the Ride is to raise awareness of the hundreds
of thousands of horses, ponies and donkeys that travel for
days in lorries across Europe, in appalling conditions, often
without rest, food, or water (from as far afield as Bellarus,
Lithuania, and Romania) for slaughter within the European
Comments HRH The Princess Royal, ILPH President, "Most
of the very valuable work that the ILPH does towards the welfare
of horses transported across Europe for slaughter is not visible
- it is 'behind the scenes' working with the European Commission
and Governments as well in source countries at a grass roots
"I am extremely pleased that, through its Transportation
Awareness Ride this summer and in its 75th Anniversary year,
the ILPH will be raising public awareness not only to the
plight of these poor horses, but to the admirable work the
ILPH is doing to help alleviate the suffering in the short
term with the long term aim of stopping the traffic altogether."
Jeremy James, ILPH Transportation Consultant, will be giving
public talks in towns/villages along the Ride route about
work that the ILPH is doing to improve slaughter horse welfare
and about his fact finding journeys through Europe. He is
no stranger to long distance rides - he rode from Turkey to
Wales in 1987, and in 1990 during the collapse of communism
he rode from Bulgaria, through Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia
(as it was then), Poland, East Germany to arrive in Berlin
on Unification Day.
Says Pam St. Clement, well known TV personality and animal
lover, "The traffic in horses and donkeys across mainland
Europe for slaughter is horrific - it is inconceivable that
in the 21st century this is allowed to happen. I fully support
the work that the ILPH is doing and their efforts to improve
the welfare of these suffering equines. I hope that they achieve
their eventual goal of stopping such unnecessary cruelty altogether."
Equine clubs and societies, horselovers and all those concerned
about the traffic in live horses for slaughter are invited
to join the Ride when it's in their area. The route will be
off road as much as possible.
Those wishing to offer their support in any way can call a
dedicated phoneline 0870 908 1927 where they will be able
to leave a message. Full details about the Ride can be obtained
by calling 0870 366 6910. Both of these lines will be operational
from 10 May. Additional information can be found on the ILPH
website at www.ilph.org,
in the Horse and Hound, or in local news media.
120,000-140,000 equines are legally imported into the EU annually,
mostly into Italy, to satisfy the human demand for fresh horse
flesh. For many of them arrival in Italy does not mean their
long journey is over. They travel down to the southern tip,
some even crossing on the ferry for their eventual slaughter
ILPH is working closely with the European Commission to:
" in the short term, improve the conditions for the slaughter
horses by lobbying for welfare improvements to legislation
and seeing that legislation already in place is enforced,
" and in the long term to bring an end to the live trade