World Horse Welfare dismayed by EC’s Animal Welfare Strategy

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The World Horse Welfare has stated its displeasure at the European Commission's Animal Welfare Strategy because it gives horses short shrift.

Launched on January 19th, the strategy follows an evaluation of 20 years of animal welfare policy and sets out the future actions proposed to improve the treatment and welfare of animals in the EU until 2015.

The document has been criticised as it fails to address key issues such as the omission of horsemeat labelling, which denies equine insurance customers from making an informed choice over what they buy.

“This is the second time in two months that the European Commission has chosen to ignore the calls of its citizens and MEPs to rectify the terrible conditions and needlessly long journeys of horses," chief executive of the World Horse Welfare Roly Owers said.

Last year the horse charity called for help from equine insurance subscribers in its campaign for action against long-distance transportation of horses across Europe.

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