Second charity speaks out against pregnant mare’s blood trade

A second horse charity has come out in support of a petition that calls for the ban on the import of pregnant mare’s blood to the EU.

While the Brooke aren't directly working with Avaaz, they've come out in support (Pic: The Brooke)

While the Brooke aren't directly working with Avaaz, they've come out in support (Pic: The Brooke)

The Brooke have released a statement, urging their supporters to sign the petition on website Avaaz.

It follows a call from World Horse Welfare, who also came out in support for the cause last week.

Concerns have been raised among animal lovers worldwide after a petition detailing how pregnant mare’s blood is obtained and used by the pharmaceutical industry was first published this month.

Videos taken by welfare charities, including the Animal Welfare Foundation, also appear to show mares being abused prior to the blood taking and have further raised concerns for the mares’ welfare.

Petra Ingram, Chief Executive of Brooke said: “At Brooke we are deeply concerned about the reports coming from Avaaz, Animal Welfare Foundation and Animals Angels about the extensive welfare concerns associated with the process of obtaining blood from pregnant horses.

“Although these animals are not ones we would come across in our programme work, as an animal welfare organisation, we are against any practice that causes suffering to animals.

“Brooke isn’t able to tackle this issue directly, but if our supporters want to get involved, we urge them to visit the Avaaz petition, which is calling for Europe to ban any goods produced using techniques that are cruel and cause suffering to animals.

"To learn more about the animal welfare issues that affect horses, donkeys and mules working in developing countries, have a look at our Welfare Interpretation Manual at www.thebrooke.org."

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