in Brussels to Lobby MEPs
from the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses)
were in Brussels earlier this week to lobby support from MEPs on
slaughter horse related issues.
Jo White, Campaigns Manager at the ILPH, "We went to Brussels
to gain further support from the politicians for our two inter-linking
campaigns, against the long-distance transportation of slaughter
horses and the possible resumption of the live export of horses
and ponies from the UK to the continent for slaughter.
are concerned about certain aspects of the draft EU Animal Welfare
Regulations, published this summer, that will affect the transportation
of slaughter horses into the EU and could allow the resumption of
live exports of horses and ponies from the UK to the continent.
new regulations are currently being examined by the European Parliament
who will compile a report to send to the European Commission on
their findings early next year. We felt that this was the right
time to lobby for support from all the relevant MEPs, from all the
response in Brussels was excellent and we shall continue to work
with MEPs, the European Commission and the British Government towards
achieving our goal of stopping the long distance transportation
of slaughter horses and, that of ensuring that our horses and ponies
never leave these shores again for slaughter abroad."
who would like to support the ILPH campaigns can either add their
name to the ILPH Say NO to Live Exports online petition, that currently
has 26,000 signatures, at www.ilph.org or can call 0870 906 1927
for either a Say NO to Live Exports or a Transportation (Stop the
Suffering) campaign pack. These packs will include a petition as
well as a copy of a letter to send to Secretary of State Margaret
Beckett, and information on how they can support the campaign.