Horses get protection

PUBLISHED: 14:45 22 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:51 10 June 2010

ONE of East Devon s euro-MPs has helped secure EU welfare protection for horses transported across Europe for slaughter.

ONE of East Devon's euro-MPs has helped secure EU welfare protection for horses transported across Europe for slaughter.

South West Lib Dem MEP Graham Watson worked closely with World Horse Welfare to secure a declaration.

Over 100,000 horses are transported across Europe for slaughter every year, many of them suffering exhaustion, dehydration, injury and death.

Among the abuses are horses being denied rest stops, food and water, and packed into steel lorries where temperatures can rise to above 40 degrees.

Now the European Commission will now make proposals for a new law to Parliament.

He said: "Horses serve humans admirably during their lifetime, and it is only right that they are given a dignified end to their lives.

"I was delighted to work alongside World Horse Welfare, my Lib Dem colleagues and more than 120,000 supporters to make sure this declaration was a success."

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