Labour MEP for East of England and RSPCA vice-president, Richard Howitt, visits World Horse Welfare ahead of a European parliament vote on live transport of horses to slaughter.

Labour MEP for East of England, Richard Howitt, visited World Horse Welfare (WHW) to show support ahead of a European parliament vote on the laws governing live transport of horses to slaughter.

Richard HowittThe parliament is due to vote today on whether or not to adopt a report calling for changes to the transport regulation.

Each year 65,000 live horses are transported long distances across Europe to slaughter and WHW is urging MEPs to adopt the report and has asked the public across Europe to email their MEPs to do the same.

So far, more than 8,000 emails have been sent to MEPs by horse lovers eager to see long distance journeys for live horses ended.

The equine charity is asking for journey times to be limited to no longer than 9-12 hours for horses being transported to slaughter or for further fattening in light of scientific evidence collected by the charity and the recommendations of the EC’s own scientific advisors the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Speaking on Friday (December 7, 2012) Mr Howitt, who is a vice-president at RSPCA and takes a keen interest in animal welfare, said: “On Monday the issue of animal transport rules arrives back in the European parliament and I’m voting, with the support of World Horse Welfare and the many of my constituents who have emailed and written in, for an end to this ill-treatment.”

WHW campaigns officer Hannah Lynch said: “The European Parliament has supported our calls for changes to the transport regulation for many years. We are grateful for this support, and for the hard work of many supporters. The vote is another opportunity for the European Parliament to underline its commitment to changing this inadequate regulation, and to put more pressure onto the European Commission to revise the regulation.”

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