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:

29June2019

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

We observe an emaciated cow at the Lagow cattle market.

Whilst inspecting the market in Bodzentyn we notice two cows with overgrown hooves. Many animals are not sold and are going back to the farms because of the low price for bovines. The market gets empty before 8 AM. The situation is similar in Lagow. Here as well, the trade ends very early. It looks like animal markets in Poland might be about to…

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25May2019

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

A neglected young bull with a Czechian ear tag.

The number of horses at the Bodzentyn market remains quite constant around 20 animals. As usual, most of the horses are bought by an Italian trader. We do not see any injured or sick animals. However, some mares have slightly overgrown hooves.

On the cattle market we see a lot of veterinary inspectors including regional veterinary officers and…

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