Equine Welfare Campaign Launched at Badminton

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World Horse Welfare is launching a new campaign on equine welfare at Badminton Horse Trials this weekend.

Called ‘Hands On’, the campaign will call on horse lovers to get involved in equine welfare, following an increase in cases of multiple cruelty in recent years. WHW has enlisted the help of rising eventing star Alex Hua Tian to help launch the campaign. Alex, 20, will be riding for the first time at Badminton this year, and will also be at the WHW stand.

He will be helping to sell some new T-shirts the charity has had designed to sell to campaign supporters. The campaign has come about in response to an increase in demand for the charity’s services. In the past two years, it has dealt with a 61% increase in the number of multi-horse rescue cases.

In 2009, 10 large groups totalling 87 horses were removed to the charity’s four centres, including an appalling case in Aberdeenshire where a barn full of rotting corpses was discovered along with 25 neglected mares, stallions and foals. This compares to 2008 when the charity dealt with eight large groups totalling 54 horses.

WHW chief executive Roly Owers said: “Sadly horse cruelty is still shockingly common in the UK. We need people to really get Hands On against horse cruelty and help us to continue to be there for these horses and many more. Please come along to our stand at Badminton Horse Trials to pledge your support and buy one of our new ‘Hands On against horse cruelty’ t-shirts.”

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