Niall Quinn, Patricia McKenna & Tracy Piggot
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Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT) launches Petition
Stop the Export of Live Horses for Slaughter from Ireland
Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Ireland, Thursday May 6th, 2004 at 11am.
The Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT), Ireland’s leading equine
welfare charity CHY14634, today launches a Petition seeking legislation
to uphold the State Ban on the Export of Live Horses for Slaughter.
Tracey Piggot, Patron of the IHWT, presided over the launch and
was the first signatory to the Petition.
IHWT was formed in 1999 to protect and rescue horses in Ireland.
However, its brief soon grew to protest against the cruel practice
of exporting live horses for slaughter to UK, France and even as
far away as Italy. This practice is currently against Irish State
Policy but is not enforced.
Speaking at the launch Tracey Piggot, Patron, said, “The
export of live horses for slaughter is unnecessary, cruel and more
importantly, against Irish State Policy. I urge every lover of horses,
and Ireland abounds in such people, to sign this petition and to
stop this barbaric practice.”
In 1960, the Irish State took a position to ban the export of live
horses for slaughter. This was based on the poor conditions often
suffered by horses on their way to abattoirs in the UK. Highly strung
creatures, many of them suffered death by hanging in their terror,
while they faced days without feed and sometimes even without water
in substandard containers.
Sharon Newsome, director and co-founder of the IHWT charity explains
their decision to launch a Petition against the trade. “In
1960, the Irish Government was enlightened enough to recognise the
horrendous conditions suffered by horses on their way to abattoirs
overseas. Over 40 years ago it took action to ban this practice.
“However, inertia and ignorance combined has allowed horse
dealers to carry out such shipments with impunity, earning themselves
substantial fortunes along the way.”
The timing is the launch is key according to Newsome. “Currently
the UK has in place legislation that prevents the export of live
horses for slaughter and a recent amendment to a proposal for an
EU Council Regulation would allow Ireland to do the same,”
The amendment was added to a proposal on the protection of animals
during transport and related operations and included the following
‘This regulation shall not be an obstacle to any stricter
national measures, including a total ban on the export of live equine
intended for production or slaughter, aimed at improving the welfare
of animals during transport taking place entirely within the territory
of a Member State or during transport by sea, departing from the
territory of a Member State."
The Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT) is a voluntary organisation
set up for the protection of Equines in Ireland, which includes
Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming of horses and ponies. The IHWT
continuously aim to increase welfare standards for all horses and
ponies in Ireland.
IHWT is involved in the following work:
• Rescue, Rehabilitation & Re-homing of horses and ponies
• Racehorse Re-training for Re-homing Programme
• Campaigning on issues affecting Equines
• Promoting Equine Welfare Awareness
Petition can be signed either on-line http://www.irishhorsewelfaretrust.org/campaigns/export.html
Irish Horse Welfare Trust
Redcross, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Tel: +353 404 45720
Mobile: +353 86 6047840