Ride Enters Final Stages of its Journey to No 10
A long distance ride aimed at raising awareness of the conditions
of tens of thousands of horses transported across Europe for slaughter
reaches Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire on its
journey south from the Scottish Borders to 10 Downing Street.
The ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) staff
and their horses will be starting week 5 of their Ride from Scotland
on Saturday 24th August from Berry & Nicholson, Rectory Farm
Lower Benefield, Northants.
Tim Stockdale, International Show Jumper who was due to join the
Ride on Monday 26th August comments, "My horses and I are travelling
throughout the year to competitions both at home and abroad, so
I know the stresses that they can endure en route - and they travel
first class compared to the slaughter horses !
"The horses destined for slaughter within the EU have to travel
hundreds and hundreds of miles in desperately cramped conditions,
through extreme temperatures without the chance of rest, food or
water. In this day and age I cannot comprehend why they have to
be moved such vast distances across Europe for slaughter. I wholeheartedly
support the work of ILPH and their aim to eventually see the trade
in live horses stopped."
Everybody who is concerned about the long distance transport of
live horses across Europe for slaughter, whether a rider or not,
is invited to show their support by joining the Ride or attending
at the start on one of the days that it is in their local area.
Those wishing to join the Ride at any phase of its journey, or those
wanting more information, should call 0870 908 1927 where they will
be able to leave a message.
Full details about the Ride, its route, the start and finish points
each day and the transportation of live horses across Europe for
slaughter can be found on the ILPH
website at www.ilph.org
Horse Transportation Awareness Ride 2002
host of celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and horse
sports have pledged their support to a long distance charity
ride this summer.
The ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses)
Transportation Awareness Ride will start from the Border Union
Show at Kelso, on Saturday 27th July and will finish in Westminster,
London in early September.
The objective of the Ride is to raise awareness of the hundreds
of thousands of horses, ponies and donkeys that travel for
days in lorries across Europe, in appalling conditions, often
without rest, food, or water (from as far afield as Bellarus,
Lithuania, and Romania) for slaughter within the European
Comments HRH The Princess Royal, ILPH President, "Most
of the very valuable work that the ILPH does towards the welfare
of horses transported across Europe for slaughter is not visible
- it is 'behind the scenes' working with the European Commission
and Governments as well in source countries at a grass roots
"I am extremely pleased that, through its Transportation
Awareness Ride this summer and in its 75th Anniversary year,
the ILPH will be raising public awareness not only to the
plight of these poor horses, but to the admirable work the
ILPH is doing to help alleviate the suffering in the short
term with the long term aim of stopping the traffic altogether."
Jeremy James, ILPH Transportation Consultant, will be giving
public talks in towns/villages along the Ride route about
work that the ILPH is doing to improve slaughter horse welfare
and about his fact finding journeys through Europe. He is
no stranger to long distance rides - he rode from Turkey to
Wales in 1987, and in 1990 during the collapse of communism
he rode from Bulgaria, through Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia
(as it was then), Poland, East Germany to arrive in Berlin
on Unification Day.
Says Pam St. Clement, well known TV personality and animal
lover, "The traffic in horses and donkeys across mainland
Europe for slaughter is horrific - it is inconceivable that
in the 21st century this is allowed to happen. I fully support
the work that the ILPH is doing and their efforts to improve
the welfare of these suffering equines. I hope that they achieve
their eventual goal of stopping such unnecessary cruelty altogether."
Equine clubs and societies, horselovers and all those concerned
about the traffic in live horses for slaughter are invited
to join the Ride when it's in their area. The route will be
off road as much as possible.
Those wishing to offer their support in any way can call a
dedicated phoneline 0870 908 1927 where they will be able
to leave a message. Full details about the Ride can be obtained
by calling 0870 366 6910. Both of these lines will be operational
from 10 May. Additional information can be found on the ILPH
website at www.ilph.org,
in the Horse and Hound, or in local news media.