Sir Paul and his daughter Mary have joined the Viva animal welfare workers in asking the public to back their campaign to halt a "barbaric" export trade in horses. According to a 50-page Viva report nearly 100,000 horses, ponies, donkeys and foals a year are being subjected to horrendous journeys as long as 2,500 kilometres, often without food, water or rest. Some 70% of journeys resulted in fatalities, it said. Most animals are sent to Italy, where they were slaughtered on arrival. "The suffering the horses endure is indescribable. Both Polish and EU laws could be used to stop this trade dead in its tracks. The whole business operates illegally, without permits and with no veterinary control."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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