London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has given her support to a World Horse Welfare initiative that seeks to end the cruel long-distance transport of Europe’s most vulnerable horses.

Marina has signed a written declaration in the European Parliament calling for an urgent review of EU legislation governing the welfare of animals being transported to slaughter.

If more than half of the European Parliament’s 736 MEPs sign up to it, the Written Declaration will become a formal resolution of the parliament and could result in the European Commission coming forward with legislative proposals

Currently some 100,000 horses a year are being transported across Europe to slaughter without rest, food or water. These journeys are inhumane and totally unnecessary.

Marina said:

“Like many Londoners I am a horse lover. I’m sure that the vast majority of us are horrified at the manner in which horses can be transported across the continent.

“Latest figures estimate that 100,000 horses are transported in atrocious conditions across Europe to slaughter.

“Imagine a 12-hour journey without rest, water or food in the stifling heat.

“Journeys such as these are inhumane and can lead to exhaustion, injury, pain suffering and stress.

“Most of these journeys are completely unnecessary because slaughter facilities exist across Europe, so why are these horses being moved around like this?

“Within the UK, transporting a horse in a way that is detrimental to its welfare is a breach of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The Act states that a person commits an offence if they are responsible for an animal, either permanently or temporarily and cause the animal to suffer, or fail to ensure its need are met.

“I have given my support to urgently review and change this legislation to make these loopholes a thing of the past.”