Poland: Horse Market

Our team visits the market regularly.
We are checking on the health of the animals...
...as well as the compliance with animal welfare laws.

In 2016, about 280,000 horses were born in Poland. The horse population decreased a bit in comparison with the previous year. Almost half of the foals are heavy cold-blooded horses. In the region where our Farm Animal Service (FAS) project is situated, there are about 6,300 horses. That is 40 % less than in 2013, and possibly a result of our work. The horses remain healthy for longer with the consequence that less horses must be bought as a replacement. The number of horses at the weekly market also decreased form once several hundreds to about 30 to 40 horses per market day. They are mostly young horses who are sold to one main buyer for slaughter horses.

We almost reached our goal
It took over ten years until the conditions on the market improved to a stage where we only discovered hurt, neglected or sick animals and those unfit for transport in exceptional cases. Now, our team predominantly uses the market to get in touch with animal owners. We offer them our help to eliminate problems with animal husbandry, such as the everyday handling of the animals, as well as their feeding and health. Directly after the market, our FAS-team visits the farms to help local animals in need. For these reasons, we are upholding our regular visits to the market.  

 

Recent investigations:

29April2019

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report April: Cattle & Horse Markets

We are writing down the ear tag number of an emaciated cow.

Whilst inspecting the cattle market in Lagow, our team notices a cow with overgrown hooves. We are taking photos and writing down the ear tag number. In the meantime, the trader who bought the animal to the markets starts yelling at us. The Veterinary Inspector sees the whole situation and decides to thoroughly inspect the trader`s documents and…

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30March2019

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report March: Cattle & Horse Markets

Veterinary inspectors cannot strike openly. They continue to work and express their protest by wearing jackets and badges with protest logos.

This month, our team visits the animal markets seven times, including the annual horse fair in Skaryszew (see investigation report 12th of March 2019). Despite the national Veterinary Inspection protest in Poland, the inspectors are present at the cattle market every time. Moreover, they organise joined controls with ITD (Road Transport Police)…

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