Our work in EU Policy

Our work in EU Policy

We inform and influence European policy to better protect equine welfare.

We inform and influence European policy to better protect equine welfare.

World Horse Welfare has been working constructively with EU institutions and agencies, Member States, the sector, NGOs and veterinary medicine for almost 100 years to influence policy.

We build relationships with stakeholders including industry, sport, farming, meat trade, transporters, markets, NGOs and other stakeholders to develop informed policy recommendations that are practical, enforceable and enforced.

Protection of equines during transport

Protection of equines during transport

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end long-distance transport of equines across the EU for slaughter.
Responsible ownership of equines

Responsible ownership of equines

Encouraging and supporting responsible ownership is the cornerstone of horse welfare.
Equine meat labelling

Equine meat labelling

Equine meat should be labelled for Country of Origin and welfare information.
Equine ID and traceability

Equine ID and traceability

Correct identification ensures horses are visible and their welfare is better protected.
Exclusion from the food chain

Exclusion from the food chain

Rules on the exclusion of equines for good from the food chain should be reviewed to avoid major risks to equine welfare.
Horse welfare at slaughter

Horse welfare at slaughter

The slaughter of horses is a very emotive topic but it can be an acceptable end of life option.
Working equids and the SDGs

Working equids and the SDGs

Horses are a vital and relevant part of human society across the world.
Equine meat from non-EU countries

Equine meat from non-EU countries

Equine meat imported from third countries should follow similar rules as the ones applying within the EU borders.
Horse meat scandal

Horse meat scandal

In early 2013, it came to light that horse meat had been mislabelled as beef, highlighting just how little information is available to consumers on where their food comes from.
Horses in sport

Horses in sport

We support the responsible use of horses in sport so long as their welfare is put first.
Horse smuggling to/from Great Britain

Horse smuggling to/from Great Britain

Horse export and import laws in the UK should be better enforced to stop horses being moved under the radar.
Horse welfare during transport in GB

Horse welfare during transport in GB

We believe improvements could be made to improve the welfare of equines during transport in Great Britain.
Horse welfare enforcement

Horse welfare enforcement

Enforcement of legislation is critical to ensuring the welfare of horses around the world.
Horses and fireworks

Horses and fireworks

Fireworks can cause stress and fear in horses and potentially result in severe accidents.
Horse crisis in the UK

Horse crisis in the UK

More than 6,000 horses at risk of neglect or suffering in England and Wales.
Equine rescue centres and sanctuaries

Equine rescue centres and sanctuaries

Ensuring good welfare standards at all places where vulnerable horses are cared for.
Protecting horses from disease

Protecting horses from disease

There is an ever present and increasing threat of disease affecting our horses globally.
Sentience

Sentience

Animal sentience must be recognised in law to protect horse welfare.
Sentencing

Sentencing

Maximum sentences must be tough and proportionate to discourage animal cruelty.
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