About World Horse Welfare

We are an international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in
the UK and around the world through education, campaigning, and
hands-on care.


When our founder Ada Cole witnessed a procession of work-worn British horses unloaded at the docks of Antwerp and whipped for four miles to slaughter, she was determined to stop the appalling cruelty of these journeys. Ten years later our campaign succeeded, and 86 years on World Horse Welfare is still driven by the same desire to stop unnecessary suffering, using a practical approach and scientific evidence to deliver lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world.

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Ada Cole

Our history

World Horse Welfare was founded in 1927, as a campaigning organisation to prevent the export of live horses for slaughter...

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Patron Lee McKenzie

Our Patrons

Our Patrons come from a huge variety roles across the horse world and we are deeply grateful to them for their support and enthusiasm .

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Our approach

Our approach is practical, based on scientific evidence, our extensive experience, and four core principles.

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Work for us

If you want to join us in improving the lives of horses and live in the UK, we may have job vacancies near you...

Current vacancies

Roly Owers World Horse Welfare

Our staff

World Horse Welfare has an executive team led by the Chief Executive and five directors, and our four centre managers.

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