PET HORSES TRANSPORTED FOR SLAUGHTER IN BELGIUM
Midlands Horse Trader David Shakespeare buys former pet horses outgrown by children, for transport to a Belgian slaughterhouse often paying as little as £100 per beast. He waits until he has acquired enough horses to make a profitable trip to Belgium where they wait in long queues to be killed. According to MAFF, Shakespeare is not breaking any laws. (News of the World, 3rd September 1995)
AVERAGE OF 460 HORSES LEAVE THE UK EACH WEEK
In answer to a query about whether horses are going through Dover without the appropriate paperwork, MAFF has advised that approximately 3000 (per load of 1-9 horses) licences per annum are issued. Therefore, an average of 460 horses are leaving the UK each week, three-quarters via Dover, and the rest through Portsmouth, Harwich and Hull. (Animal Protester's Bulletin, 26th September 1995)
Lorry loads of 10-30 horses should continue to be treated with suspicion.