The Hypocrisy of a French ‘Rescue’ forum in the UK …….Posted by Jenny on Sep 22, 2011 in Association News | 17 comments
A couple of years ago, we at ERF fought a long and difficult battle with the ‘rescue’ sites in the UK, trying to explain to them that most of the French ‘rescue’ sites were merely fronts for dealers, and the ludicrous prices being paid for very sick and sorry animals, or youngstock, were simply lining the pockets of dealers who laughed all the way to the bank.
ERF has been alerted to one of the former sites trying to continue their import of supposed ‘rescues’ under new ‘management’. This particular forum name and ethos was handed over to the current webmaster by the previous webmaster under the proviso it was to be used to try and help UK horses in trouble, and that the French horses were to be left for the French sites to deal with. The previous webmaster had seen the sorry mess of ‘French Rescue’ to the UK for what it really was, transporters and dealers making a fast buck out of soft hearted people.
The site is operating behind closed doors in this particular instance, trying to secretly raise money for a meat bred foal to be imported into the UK.
What ERF cannot understand, is that despite this site having been unable to sustain permanent homes for horses previously imported via it’s forum, the members are continuing to try and import more horses. Especially considering that several of their previous ‘rescues’ have fallen on hard times and are now are placed in UK welfare organisations using up UK donations that should have gone to help UK horses in need.
Whilst that in itself is bad enough, what is really abhorrent is the group are planning to use a transporter that their current webmaster knows exports UK horses live to France for slaughter.
Whilst they pay him to collect their foal, (who incidentally will have a ridiculously long and likely illegal journey back to the UK for such a young unhandled horse) they are in effect also funding him to export horses to slaughter who may not have faced such a fate had the site’s previous abandoned animals not filled places in a rescue centre.
This particular transporter has admitted that a huge proportion of his international trade and income was based upon the ‘rescue’ horses.
He exports UK horses to meat farms/dealers, funding the trip by selling the animals to the farmers/dealers, then has many of the same animals put on a forum at way over meat price. People have their heartstrings tugged at, buy them to ship them back to the UK to ‘save’ them, he does the shipping making money on the inflated transport prices he charges.
To demonstrate how ridiculous the situation is – the costs that one foal will incur simply to be bought and arrive in the UK are this -
Purchase price of 800 euros – £615.38 approximately. (Well over meat value)
Travel costs are £600 plus vat at 20% which is £120.
Total amount to raise for both purchase price and transport is £1,335.38.
Yes, that’s right – £1,335.38.
How much hay/food/farrier visits would that buy for the shelters currently housing their already unwanted animals? How many UK native breed foals going to slaughter could that help?
The UK is overflowing with unwanted equines – why import another who will have no vet checks, no vaccinations and have a real possibility of carrying a vector bourne disease such as EIA?
We believe the horse below waiting to go to Italy for slaughter from France is a UK TB. He was there around the time that the ‘rescue’ sites were at their most busy. Perhaps he might have found a home in the UK if not for those exporting to slaughter to fill their coffers.
Please, use your energies to stop those that export live to slaughter, rather than helping fund their trips to do so.
Read THIS LINK to see how the trading operates.