Hopefield Animal Sanctuary welcomes Essex Euro MP after vote to end the abuse of horses in Europe

Essex European MP Richard Howitt paid a visit to see some rescued horses in Brentwood last week.

His visit to Hopefield Animal Sanctuary came after a vote in the European Parliament last week to regulate the treatment of horses in transit for the slaughter trade.

He went to the sanctuary, in Sawyers Hall Lane to find out about the work that goes on to rescue horses.

Richard Howitt MEP, a national vice-president of animal charity the RSPCA, said: “The work of Hopefield Animal Sanctuary is highly regarded and it is a delight to see some of the horses, who found themselves at the charity through no fault of their own.

“I am proud Hopefield gives abused and neglected horses a second chance in life.

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“I want to be equally proud that the European Union has acted so there are fewer horses for them to rescue in the first place.”

The Labour Euro MP backed the Parliament resolution voted through this week which calls for shorter journey times, more inspections and a reclassification to ensure horses are fully covered by the rules.

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