Vets have been urged to add their names to an open letter being sent to the EU commissioner calling for an end to long-distance live horse transportation.

Vets have been urged to add their names to an open letter being sent to the EU commissioner calling for an end to long-distance live horse transportation.

Horse transportationVeterinary nurses and students are also being encouraged to sign the document put together by World Horse Welfare (WHW), which wants to see shorter maximum journeys introduced.

WHW and its veterinary advisors are acting as part of their campaign against the transportation of 65,000 horses for slaughter in Europe every year. The equine welfare charity is asking the commissioner to propose an amendment to EU transport rules in light of evidence it has collected and the recommendations of scientific advisors and the European Food Safety Authority.

If successful, the campaign could see the introduction of a maximum journey time of 12 hours for live horses.

WHW chief executive Roly Owers said: “Despite recognising severe welfare problems persist and being presented with clear evidence showing how these horses are suffering, changes to legislation have not been proposed by the commission. I therefore urge my veterinary colleagues to sign the letter requesting that the commission make good on its commitment to policies informed by scientific evidence and introduce a short, maximum journey limit.”

To add your name to the letter, visit this web page.

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