World Horse Welfare
World Horse Welfare was founded in 1927, as a campaigning organisation to prevent the export of live British horses for slaughter. The charity's founder, Ada Cole, was spurred into action after witnessing a procession of British work horses being unloaded and whipped for four miles to slaughter in Belgium.
In 1937 after political lobbying by the charity, The Exportation of Horses Act is introduced to protect the welfare of horses destined for the slaughterhouses of Europe. This introduces the concept of ‘Minimum Values’, which effectively stops the export of live horses for slaughter from Great Britain.
The charity opened its first horse rehabilitation centre in Britain, in 1949, and started a first international training course in Morocco in 1985.
World Horse Welfare works in the United Kingdom recovering, rehabilitating and rehoming horses. The charity has 16 full time based around the UK who investigate concerns reported by the general public.
World Horse Welfare campaign to achieve welfare improvements through changing policy, practices and attitudes.
World Horse Welfare websites:
World Horse Welfare in the News:
- Obese horse numbers 'increasing' (BBC News, 20 Aug 2008)
- Horse rescues 'more than double' (BBC News, 7 Apr 2009)
- Five guilty of neglecting horses (BBC News, 8 May 2009)
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