On 30th November, World Horse Welfare held is Annual Conference ‘Invisible Horses of the Future’ in the beautiful premises of the Royal Geographical Society in London. In this occasion, World Horse Welfare welcomed a record number of attendees and Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, the President of the organisation. All gathered together to discuss equine welfare issues but also celebrate the 90th anniversary of the of the equine welfare charity. A varied range of influential speakers intervened to explore with the audience challenges and opportunities for equines across the world.
The conferenced offered the opportunity to investigate some interesting topics, such as the impact of the consumption trends of equine-derived products in EU and beyond, and the importance of recording more data on the economic benefit of good animal practices. The participants were also invited to reflect on the untapped potential of social media platforms, in particular Instagram, in mobilising citizens and supporting positive messages about animal welfare. A discussion panel was then dedicated to debate on the key role of fostering responsible ownership.
In concluding the event, attendees were invited to follow three presentations which highlighted some of the current programmes carried out not just at the national level but also worldwide, thanks to a recently established International Coalition with other equine welfare charities. World Horse Welfare also announced that, in partnership with FEI, they will campaign to have 17th September 2018 officially recognised by the United Nations as the first World Horse Day.