exports - The British Horse Society demands retention of 'minimum
British Horse Society (BHS) is demanding that the Government gives
assurance on the retention of the 'minimum values' clause when equines
are exported. Recent articles in the equestrian press and other
periodicals have given rise to fears over the reinstatement of live
animal exports, leading to horror stories of cruelty for horses
and ponies being transported abroad for slaughter.
the European Commission's proposal, published on 16 July this year,
to update the current Animal Transport Directive, The British Horse
Society has been lobbying Defra hard to ensure that the 'minimum
values' clause will be retained in Britain. The BHS has campaigned
tirelessly, and fully supports the ILPH campaign, for the enforcement
and retention of 'minimum values', whereby equines being exported
must be of a minimum value, thus helping to prevent the export of
horses and ponies for slaughter by rendering it uneconomic to do
BHS will continue to lobby the Government until it is satisfied
that the 'minimum value' clause is to be retained permanently. The
Society will also continue to liaise with ILPH and other equine
welfare organisations on working towards acceptable welfare standards
when transporting horses, whether in the UK or abroad, for slaughter
or for other purposes.
chief executive Kay Driver said, "If the ponies are not protected,
as now, we shall see truckloads of terrified animals leaving our
ports, undergoing horrifying journeys and ending up goodness knows
where for slaughter."
Pat Campbell, Chairman of the BHS, added, "The Society has
received a number of calls from concerned members over this issue.
We want to assure them that the BHS will do everything in its power
to ensure that the welfare of the transported animal is given serious
consideration, and that the minimum values clause remains."