Transport Campaign – Achievements So Far

Since 1927 our campaign to end the long-distance transportation of horses across Europe for slaughter has stirred up incredible support from the public, MPs, Peers and MEPs.  Thanks to your support and action millions of horses have benefited from significant welfare improvements, many of which are recorded in this timeline. There is still work to be done to end these unnecessary journeys – read on and join our campaign.

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

 

World Horse Welfare 2017

2017– World Horse Welfare commits to stamping out instances of horses being transported when they are in an unfit state, as defined by EU/local legislation and guidelines, and to make sure that all  journeys for slaughter adhere to EU/local welfare legislation, and welfare problems are minimised and dealt with promptly and appropriately. Our aim is to end the long-distance transportation of horses across Europe for slaughter by our 100th anniversary

 

World Horse Welfare 2017

2016 – Practical Guidelines to Assess the Fitness for Transport of Equidae developed by World Horse Welfare and aimed at all stakeholders involved in the transportation of horses are launched with the aim of driving up welfare standards. The European Commission translates the guidance into Member State languages to ensure it is accessible to everyone it applies to. Over 1,000 of our supporters write letters to Ministers asking them to review the Regulation

 

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

2015 – We publish our co-authored report with Eurogroup for Animals ‘Removing the Blinkers’ looking at the scope, scale and welfare challenges of the equine sector, which includes a section on long-distance transport for slaughter. The European Commission welcomes our findings and suggest the report will be used to help them formulate future legislation relating to horses

 

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

2014 – Practical Guidelines on the Watering of Equine Animals Transported by Road are launched in several languages to enable everyone involved in the transportation of horses to understand their needs

 

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign


2012 – Our campaign contributes to a significant drop in the number of horses being transported long-distances across Europe for slaughter, down to 54,000

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign


2011 –The European Food Safety Authority supports us in recommending a short, finite journey limit for horses being transported for slaughter

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

2009 – Director of the European Commission Health and Consumers Directorate-General responds to 132,565 signatures from World Horse Welfare supporters saying: “The Commission…is working intensively on the improvement of animal welfare during transport. One of the options under consideration includes the possible limitation of the transport time for horses intended for slaughter.” 405 MEPs sign a Declaration in support of a review to the Transport Regulation

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

2008 – We release a dossier of evidence to support changes to EU Council Regulation EC 1/2005 and a finite journey limit for horses travelling to slaughter. Within a week of the Dossier being submitted the Director of the Health and Consumers Directorate-General issues a public letter stating that consideration is being given to reducing journey times for horses destined for slaughter

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

2007 – We release a report ‘The economics of the trade in horses for slaughter from Spain to Italy and the cost implications of the proper implementation of Regulation (EC) No1/2005’ highlighting concerns of poor enforcement, supporting evidence obtained in the field, that the Regulation is not being robustly enforced

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

2004– On 22nd December World Horse Welfare receives news that the EU Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the Protection of Animals during Transport had been agreed by the EU Council of Agricultural Ministers. The Regulation improves some conditions for horses, such as the use of partitions in lorries to prevent trampling - one of many recommendations advocated by our campaign when working to help shape the legislation

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

2003 – We host the Second International Conference on the Transportation of Horses at Hartpury College attended by world authorities, researchers and industry representatives with the primary aim of driving up welfare standards

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

2001– 165,000 horses are transported long-distances across Europe for slaughter

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

1996 – Jilly Cooper joins us in delivering a petition to the European Parliament signed by 3.3million supporters protesting against long-distance transportation across Europe for slaughter

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

1976 – Our research uncovers horses travelling vast distances from Russia to Italy and that Poland alone is exporting a staggering 200,000 horses, many for slaughter. Paradoxically inspections of Polish slaughterhouses find standards to be high. Our investigations find that in one year 10,000 of these horses are dead on arrival in France

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

1968 – Our records show that 180,949 horses are imported into Italy for slaughter, travelling from Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary and Germany

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

1954 – The Slaughter of Animals Act 1954 raises the statutes of welfare provision of horses to be in line with that of cattle. In the same year The Manchester Guardian’s headline asks: “Why cannot horses be slaughtered and exported as carcases which can feel no pain?”

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign1950 – Minimum values for horses being allowed to travel from the UK to Europe (effectively outpricing the slaughter trade) are adopted under the Export of Horses Act following Anne Colvin and her team providing evidence to the Committee of Enquiry into the Slaughter of Horses on “The Export of Horses for (a) Work and (b) Slaughter” and “The Statutory Provisions Designs to Prevent Unnecessary Suffering”

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

1939 – The advent of war significantly slows down the number of horses sent to slaughter as they were instead demanded from owners and taken overseas by the army where they would play a vital role in World War II

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

1937 – We succeed in achieving Ada Cole’s ambition of driving through the introduction of the Exportation of Horses Act, effectively stopping British horses from being exported to Europe for slaughter

 

World Horse Welfare Anne Colvin
World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

1930 – Ada Cole’s dying words to her assistant Anne Colvin are: “There is still so much to do…the work must go on!”. Despite the considerable indifference to horse welfare at the time Anne Colvin makes the decision to devote her life to improving horse welfare and is appointed Hon. Secretary of the charity– 25 years on she is awarded an M.B.E for her ardent service to horse welfare

 

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

1928 – Ada Cole establishes the Klondyke Horse Sanctuary, ‘A little model horse abattoir’ in Lincolnshire, which is designed to demonstrate that horses could be slaughtered humanely. From 1928 until it closes in 1973 its comfortable stabling, underground spring, good drainage and spotless crew yard provide more than 20,000 horses with a dignified and, above all, humane death

 

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

1927 – Ada Cole launches the charity with the purpose of securing legislation to prohibit the ‘deplorable traffic of strings of decrepit horses being exported, ostensibly for slaughter’ to end ‘their sufferings during the voyage and the revolting cruelty to which they were often exposed on the other side’

 

 

World Horse Welfare Ada Cole

World Horse Welfare Transport Campaign

1914 – Ada Cole’s efforts in raising the profile of the plight of horses bound for slaughter succeed in achieving an Act of Parliament prohibiting the export of horses unless a veterinary inspector certified the animals to be “capable of being conveyed and disembarked without cruelty”