Removing the Blinkers – Equine Conference October 2015
The 21st October 2015 was a landmark day for equine welfare in Europe, with the first EU level conference on the welfare of horses, donkeys and mules. The conference, which was hosted by Julie Girling MEP along with Eurogroup for Animals and the European Horse Network, built on the conclusions of the ground-breaking report ‘Removing the Blinkers: The health and welfare of European equidae in 2015’, which was published in June. The report, authored by World Horse Welfare and Eurogroup for Animals, is the first comprehensive attempt to map the scale of the EU equine sector, while also setting out the challenges affecting the equine industry. Attendees, including civil servants, diplomats, politicians and representatives from NGOs gathered in the European Parliament complex in Brussels to hear that whilst the equine sector in Europe is vibrant and dynamic, generating over €100 billion per year and providing valuable employment opportunities throughout the rural economy, it is held back by a number of factors, each of which adversely impacts upon the welfare of the individual animals.
Moderated by Torbjørn Frøysnes (Head of the Brussels’ office of the Council of Europe), the conference panel consisted of Julie Girling MEP, Roly Owers (Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare), Denis Simonin (DG SANTE, European Commission), Christiane Kirketerp de Viron (DG AGRI, European Commission), Hanfield Haring (President of the European Equestrian Federation) and Philippe De Backer MEP.
To read more about report (panellists, opening remarks, discussion and conclusions), please download the report below:
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