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Charity presents evidence of transport abuse to new Commissioner

June 24, 2010

World Horse Welfare has met the new European Commissioner to press its case for reforms in the long-distance hauling of horses to slaughter in Europe.

Stills from the World Horse Welfare video (below) on the charity's Take Action campaign.

The meeting with Commissioner John Dalli, initiated by Julie Girling, a member of the European Parliament, provided an opportunity for the charity's representatives to present its evidence and reiterate its recommendation of a short, finite journey limit.

The meeting was attended by Girling along with the charity's director of campaigns Jo White, chief executive Roly Owers and veterinary consultant Keith Meldrum.

White said: "We're extremely grateful to Julie and our supporters, who continue to maintain pressure on the commission regarding this campaign.

"The meeting was very positive, with the commissioner receptive to our ideas and this is a very encouraging step forwards."

Girling added: "This campaign has been high on my agenda ever since I found out the true horrors of the current, inhumane practice."

She said World Horse Welfare had compelling evidence of abuse as well as realistic recommendations to end the suffering of horses going to slaughter.

"I'm very keen for the new Commissioner to listen to the MEPs who signed the Written Declaration and the many supporters who write to him - and us - and finally put an end to these journeys for good."

World Horse Welfare is now awaiting the Commission's report into long-distance transportation to slaughter, which is due to be released by early 2011. It urged its supporters to continue their action in support of the campaign.



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