World Horse Welfare

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World Horse Welfare is a registered charity in the United Kingdom and Scotland that was previously named The International League for the Protection of Horses.[1] Anne, Princess Royal is its patron.


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.[2]

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.[3] The charity has 16 full-time based around the UK who investigate concerns reported by the general public.[4]

Horses needing attention are taken into one of charities four Recovery and Rehabilitation Centres, based in Norfolk, Somerset (the Glenda Spooner Farm [5]), Lancashire and Aberdeenshire.

The charity works in the developing world training local people in skills such as saddlery, farriery, nutrition and horse management.

World Horse Welfare campaign to achieve welfare improvements through changing policy, practices and attitudes.


  1. ^ YourHorse: ILPH to be renamed World Horse Welfare
  2. ^ James, J. Debt of Honour: History of the International League for the Protection of Horses (Macmillan, 1994). ISBN 0-333-61791-6.
  3. ^ Rehoming Horses (World Horse Welfare - 14 Oct 2010 )
  4. ^ Field Officers (World Horse Welfare - 16 Oct 2010)
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External links[edit]

World Horse Welfare websites:

World Horse Welfare in the News: