24 Hours of Torment: The Exhausting Journeys to Slaughter Endured by Horses across Europe Every day

World Horse Welfare continues its fight to end the exhausting long journeys suffered by more than 50,000 horses transported across Europe for slaughter each year and the charity now needs support more than ever before.

Each day, more than 130 horses will begin their journey to the slaughterhouse – travelling for thousands of miles across Europe by road before eventually arriving at their destination suffering fatigue, severe stress and completely broken in spirit.

The law which currently allows these journeys to last for up to 24 hours at a time, in an ongoing cycle for days on end, is failing horses and World Horse Welfare is determined to bring change. The charity is asking supporters to sign a petition calling on the European Commission to impose a maximum journey limit of 9-12 hours, which its own scientific advisors have recommended. This would dramatically improve the health and welfare of the horses subjected to this completely unnecessary torment on their way to slaughter as well as making the regulation easier to enforce.

Since launching in May, the campaign has gathered in excess of 13,000 signatures and World Horse Welfare will soon be launching concurrent campaigns in Poland, Italy and Spain, but still needs vital support from the UK public in order to boost impact while we are still part of the European Union.

World Horse Welfare has campaigned to end the long-distance transport of horses to slaughter across Europe since the charity was founded in 1927 and with the help of its dedicated supporters has brought about a number of key improvements, reducing the number of horses transported from 165,000 in 2001 to around 50,000 today and introducing partitions in lorries to prevent severe overcrowding and trampling. This latest campaign is another step towards the charity’s goal of ending the long-distance transport of horses across Europe for slaughter by its 100th anniversary in 2027.

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, said:

“We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our campaign so far, signing and sharing our petition and donating to our appeal but we must keep momentum going and continue pressing the European Commission to impose a 9-12 hours maximum journey limit. The stress, dehydration and exhaustion caused by these arduous journeys is completely unacceptable and if horses are to be slaughtered, we believe it should be done as close to source as possible.

“The successes that have been achieved in our campaign over the last 90 years have only been realised due to the unfailing dedication of our supporters and we need as many people as possible to share news of this latest campaign so that we can reach our goal to bring about this vital change in legislation.”

Support the campaign and help World Horse Welfare reach its goal of ending the long distance transport of horses to slaughter by 2027: https://goo.gl/ZofcwD

Sign the petition: https://e-activist.com/page/9211/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=live%20transport

Read why your support is so vital: http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/Transport-Action-Plan