- what about the horses?
the issue of hunting becoming ever more heated, one issue that is
frequently overlooked is the plight of the horse. HorseWorld, in
Whitchurch, Bristol, is concerned about the welfare implications
of the current debate on horses in the South West.
is the South West's premier equine welfare charity, committed to
rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing horses, ponies and donkeys
in need. Established in 1952, it is currently responsible for over
300 horses, of which 180 are based at its site in Whitchurch. HorseWorld
also runs a highly successful Visitor Centre.
Executive of HorseWorld James Cretney said; "HorseWorld is
neutral on the subject of hunting with dogs, but regardless of anyone's
view on hunting, one thing is for sure; any action that limits the
usefulness of a horse or reduces the economic value of the animal
will ultimately lead to the welfare of the equine being compromised.
Last year we rehabilitated and re-homed over 100 horses and that
was only scratching the surface. There is a very real equine welfare
problem out there and it could get a whole lot worse."
attached copy of equine facts and figures outlines some of the concerns
that the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) have regarding the
welfare of the horse, should a ban on hunting be introduced.
is an Executive Committee member of NEWC.
National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) wiith 57 members is the representative
body for equine welfare organisations