Romanian horses: Pets or working animals?
The highest percentage of Romanian horses are used for working (carrying, farming) and transport. As long as they are functional and useful, the majority of “working horses” get water, food and some medical care but often they are brutalized and beaten.
Loss of skills and knowledge about the horse’ health and correct handling led to a desperate welfare situation and the worst situation occurs for the old or injured “working horses” who can’t be exploited anymore.
1 million “working horses” are estimated in Romania. Starting years ago, EU clearly demanded that all the horses to be identified and registered. Unfortunately, there are many horses yet micro chipped, exploited and often sacrificed for the illegal meat trade industry.
The slaughter in Galati
In 2013, the remains of a few hundred horses were discovered by the local journalists outside Galati. The investigation showed that the horses’ meat was illegally put for sale and the unused parts of their bodies were simply disposed on the field.
Full article and more images here – Attention! Strong Graphics Content!
In the village of Smardan alone, the official veterinary records indicate that 200 horses disappeared during 2008-2011.
If too skinny or too sick, Romanian horses and donkeys end up abandoned at the edge of the road.
Our sanctuary wishes to serve primarily the old, injured, skinny cases – the abandoned horses and donkeys. Working with the authorities and the regional veterinary, we aim to confiscate the abused horses and donkeys from their owners and transfer them into our care.
A model of sanctuary for horses
After extensive researches to find the best model design for a barn that matches the Romanian climate (harsh winters) and the horses’ needs, we choose this:
We would like to build 2 barns like the photos show and secure an outdoor arena for the first lot of horses saved.
Please make a donation to help us build the first barn!
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We also need:
- Stainless steel feeding equipment and buckets for water
- Transport trailer
- Horses accessories
Hall of Fame
These great supporters made a contribution for our horse’ sanctuary. Your name will also be displayed on this page as well as your country (unless you prefer to remain an anonymous donor, in which case we respect your wish)
Heather from UK
Inge* from Germany
Daniela from Italy
Simon from Australia
Karen from UK
Sara* from USA
Christine from USA
Susanna from Germany
Nicole from Switzerland
Hege S. from Norway
Audrey from Canada
Richard from USA
Adele from New Zeeland
Sally from USA
Suzanne from UK
Eveline and Ludovic from Switzerland
Michele PM from Switzerland
Dena from USA
Lutgart from Belgium
Denise from UK
* = Donated multiple times.