Each year, 65,000 stressed horses are packed into trucks and driven vast distances across Europe for slaughter, fattening, and other purposes. Exhausted, diseased, injured and travelling for days over thousands of kilometres: these horses are desperate for food, water and rest. These journeys are unnecessary, passing many slaughterhouses that could take the horses – their suffering is needless. Now, they need your help at this important time.
Earlier this year, MEP Janusz Wojciechowski drafted a report on the Animal Transport Regulation (EU Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005). We were encouraged to see that this report both pointed out the welfare problems that horses suffer as a result of long-distance transportation to slaughter, and called for a short maximum journey limit.
As with all European Parliament reports, other MEPs have now proposed amendments to this report and at the end of September, the Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) Committee will vote on which amendments they wish to accept or reject. Many of the tabled amendments will enhance this report even further: we need your help to ask MEPs to support these amendments so that they are included in the final report! This report will then be sent to the European Commission, who have the power to propose changes to the current, inadequate legislation. Please add your voice to the thousands of others to help us convince the European Commission to propose a short, maximum journey limit, ending the torment caused by these long and completely needless journeys.