Help us end horse slaughter in UK!

Posted on the 20th January 2022

Ask your MP to sign a new Early Day Motion to end horse slaughter in the UK

Last year, the BBC1 Panorama documentary The Dark Side of Horse Racing used Animal Aid’s undercover footage to expose this hidden and sinister reality of what happens to many horses when they are no longer profitable. The documentary caused a huge stir, and we now have the opportunity to achieve change at  government level.

Animal Aid is campaigning to bring an end to horse slaughter in the UK. The root of the problem is unregulated breeding of all types of horses – from feral ponies right through to thoroughbred horses from the racing industry. The number of horses being produced is unsustainable, and horses can end up being worth more if sold for slaughter than being kept alive by their owners.

Use our new e-action to ask your MP to sign this new Early Day Motion (EDM) to end horse slaughter in the UK.

EDM (Early Day Motion)807: Ending horse slaughter in the UK

That this House is alarmed by the revelations of an undercover investigation by Animal Aid, which featured on BBC Panorama, showing the slaughter of unwanted equines; is shocked that thousands of hoses and ponies are killed for their meat every year in the UK and Ireland; notes that there are no restrictions on horse production or breeding in the UK or Ireland and that most horses are speculatively bred for profit; understands that this leads to a surplus of unwanted equines; calls on the Government to take pro-active steps to require all horse breeding societies to set tangible annual limits on the numbers of equines bred and to make it a requirement that all breeders are responsible for each animal they produce both in welfare and financial terms; and further calls on the Government to collect, analyse and make public the number of equines from all breed societies slaughtered each year so that the annual limits may be reduced further if the situation shows no sign of improvement.

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