INVESTIGATION: LIVE CALF EXPORTS FROM THE UK TO SPAIN

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Earlier this year, when Joanna Lumley launched our bus advert campaign against live farm animal exports from the UK, she also announced our plan to trail a shipment of British calves to Europe.

Thanks to the generous response of supporters like you, we were able to follow through on this plan. So, today, I want to share the findings of our undercover investigation, and update you on our One Way Ticket campaign. Please bear with me – this will be a long email, but there is so much to tell you.

Can you help?

To mark one year since live exports began through Ramsgate, local campaigners are staging a rally in the town on 20th May. And, using the findings from our investigation, Compassion will again be backing the call for a complete end to this trade.

But we know that the buck doesn’t stop with UK politicians. We know that every year long distance transport causes immeasurable suffering to millions of farm animals, across Europe and around the world.

Please will you consider making a donation today? Your support could help us:

  • Continue our face-to-face work across Europe, persuading policy-makers to acknowledge the cruelty of long distance transport.
  • Step up the public pressure on the World Organisation for Animal Health, who recently so spectacularly failed to protect the hundreds of cows who died aboard the Gracia Del Mar.
  • Demand tighter, properly enforced global regulation of animal transport to ensure that disasters like that on the Gracia Del Mar simply cannot happen again.

The good news is that, through the efforts of Compassion supporters and EU campaigners, over half of all MEPs recently signed Written Declaration 49/2011 on the transport of animals. This means that, in March 2012, an 8-hour limit on journey times was adopted as the official position of the European Parliament. Now, more than ever, we must keep up the pressure. We must persuade the European Commission to introduce legislation banning long distance transport. And then we must ensure that the rest of the world follows suit.

Together we can keep up the momentum. Together we can end the needless, desperately long journeys forced upon farm animals. With your donation, together, we can end this suffering

Exporting Calves to Cruelty: Ramsgate Investigation

Published on 9 May 2012 by 

In late 2011 Compassion in World Farming initiated a series of investigations into the export of live farm animals from the UK. And, in early 2012, generous donations from Compassion supporters enabled our team to continue the campaign, trailing a lorry carrying calves from the UK, through France and into Spain — simply to be fattened for the veal trade. These young calves were loaded on a farm in the west of England and transported, over a period of almost 60 hours, to a farm in northern Spain.

Find out more about the issues here: http://www.ciwf.org/transport

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/what_we_do/live_transport/investigation_live_calf_exports/default.aspx?appealcode=WE0512

Nurse mares – Their foals are unwanted, a by product, killed without mercy

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Click below to see You Tube video of nurse mare foals….just heartbreaking!!!!

If this doesnt make U cry or get angry then nothing will… babies born to die !!! – YouTube.

The nurse mare has been around for hundreds of years. They were used if a foal was rejected, or if the mother died in birth. They started out to be a good thing. Since then it has turned into something far worse.

Nurse mare foals are babies that were born to its natural mother so that her milk will come in.  The milk that she is producing , however is used to nourish the foal of another mare, another more expensive foal.

Primarily these are thorough bred foals, though it is certainly not limited to the thoroughbred industry. A thoroughbreds purpose is to keep racing, keep earning to produce more racehorses. A mare can be re-bred immediately after delivering a foal. Because the Jockey Club requires that thorough bred mares be bred only by a live cover, not artificially inseminated, the mare must travel to the stallion. The jockey club states that it is dedicated to improving the thoroughbred bred breeding and racing industry. They also state that 2,643 stallions bred 52,410 mares in 2008, with another 4 to 5000 expected before the year ends. If only one-quarter of those have nurse mare, that’s around 13,000 foals that are sent to slaughter or used for pony skin, if  they are not rescued. That doesn’t sound like much of an improvement to me! Travel is very risky for newborn racing foals. & insurance costs prohibit the foal from travelling with its mother. At this point, a nurse mare is hired to raise the thorough bred foal. In order for the nurse mare to have milk, she must have given birth to her own baby

mother and foal

Now the light bulb moment.…what happens to the nurse mares foal? some of them are clubbed over the head & killed immediately they are born, some are just left out to starve to death.  These poor babies are referred to as “by products” of the nurse mare mild industry.
 These nurse mare foals will never know the comfort of their mothers. He will never get the chance to learn how to be a horse from her. At least the PMU mares (which I will publish later) are allowed to nurse their foals for a while.

However, they do have value…their hides can be sold as “pony skin” in the fashion and textile industry. They can be used to make shoes, purses, expensive leather products, furniture, etc….

It is illegal to send a foal under 6 months of age to horse slaughter. However, foals from 1 day to 6 months old, are being skinned and sold for high-end leather.

The unfortunate ones, who don’t get rescued, are sent to slaughter houses. Most of these foals have no chance at life from the very start. I can’t comprehend how people think that this is an acceptable practice.

Their meat is considered a delicacy in some countries. Some countries actually believe that if a horse is skinned while he is still alive…YES…ALIVE (Heinous evil MF’s) the meat will be more tender. What a horrid thought!

Adopting a foal is literally a life or death decision for one of these innocent nurse mare babies. Adopters are directly responsible for saving a foal from a tragic, brutal death. Anyone can buy a horse – it takes a hero to rescue one. They need your help NOW!

Sadly, not all of them can be rescued. The rescuers still have to purchase these colts. They pay anywhere from $200 to $400 a piece for these colts. As if that isn’t enough, then they have to pay for the cost of raising them, feeding them and vet care, until they can adopt them out.

Don’t buy articles made from horse hide, such as, “Corinthian Leather” (some auto upholstery), clothing and accessories made from “Pony Skin”, and brushes and other items made from horse hair.

I would hate to know that me carrying around a stylish purse, or wearing stylish shoes, caused one of these foals to die.

P.S If you google this, you won’t come up with very much. That tells me that not very many people know about this dirty little secret of the horse industry. Share it with everyone you know. If people can become educated on the horrors these horses face, maybe something will be done to correct it.


Click on the link below to sign a petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/21/stop-the-killing-of-newborn-baby-horses/

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