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UK Horse Transporters to Aid Slaughter Horses

ARB Equine today announces a new initiative in raising funds and awareness for the ILPH’s Transportation Campaign.

For a six month period, they will donate 1% of all their transport revenue to the ILPH. Furthermore ILPH Transportation Campaign leaflets will be distributed by hand to all yards visited.

ARB Equine’s Carolyn Paul says: “We wanted to do something to raise awareness with our customers, with the general public, and within the transport business, of the awful plight of live horses being transported long distances for slaughter. Using our own horse transport revenue to help with the ILPH’s fundraising seemed an obvious route”

Jo White, ILPH Campaigns Manager, says: “We are very grateful to ARB Equine for their promise of a donation towards our campaign to stop the long distance transport of horses for slaughter. Without the help of businesses such as ARB Equine and the generosity of the general public we would not be able to continue our fight to stop this horrific traffic.”

From the ILPH’s web site: “Since 1990 over one million six hundred thousand live horses have been imported into the EU for slaughter, 133,353 meat horses entered the EU for slaughter in 2001 alone (Eurostat, Luxembourg 2002). Many of these equines are transported long distances under conditions which cause them unnecessary suffering.

The source countries are spread throughout Eastern Europe and as a result some equines cover thousands of kilometers in order to reach their destination in the slaughterhouses of Italy, the main import country.

Over the past ten years of undertaking field research and liaising with relevant organisations in Member States and Third Countries, the ILPH has identified many concerns with the welfare of equines during transport. To name a few, equines are transported in vehicles that do not conform to specific standard; they travel in extremes of climate; they travel for excessive periods; mixed gender groups can lead to injury and operatives are not trained in animal handling. The animals’ lack of adequate feeding, resting and watering is of major concern. Detailed observations can be found in our Stop the Suffering report, which you can view online or request by email, phone or letter.”

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