World Horse Welfare has been working with the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) to provide training to their staff on how they could be best prepared for an equine disease outbreak in the UK.
A new community-centred approach to training people in developing countries how to better care for their working horses is being launched in Nicaragua by World Horse Welfare in February 2012. The bespoke training programme, a first for the charity, is designed specifically to match the needs of the community and provide the foundation for an enduring change in the way people shoe and harness their horses -and so improve horse welfare and the livelihoods of the people who depend upon them.
World Horse Welfare is dismayed that the European Commission is not proposing any changes to legislation governing the long-distance transportation of horses to slaughter in Europe, despite recognising that “severe animal welfare problems persist” and that scientific evidence supports the charity’s call for change.
As the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) prepares to announce its response to the Professional Jockeys’ Association’s proposals for adjustments to the new whip rules tomorrow (Friday 21 October), World Horse Welfare says that the Authority should stand firm on denying jockeys’ their percentage of any prize money if they break the new whip rules.
World Horse Welfare is in Brussels this week to put pressure on the European Commission to change their current transport Regulation*, as well as urging everyone who cares about horses to act now and support our campaign to stop the unnecessary suffering endured by the 80,000 horses driven long distances across Europe to slaughter each year.