Help Save the Spanish Horses
USA Award winning animal trainer supports EHCRC Foundation
Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre Foundation were contacted by Miriam Fields-Babineau, who is an award winning author and professional animal trainer based in America. Her company called Training Unlimited Animal Training and Animal Actors, Inc. was established in 1983and has been involved with prestigious films such as War of the Worlds, Hit and Run, Enemy of the State and many more, as well as many popular TV programmes including Animal Planet, History and Discovery Channels etc.
She was one of several horrified people from America, to contact us last week after seeing a news report about the plight of the Spanish horse, and how thousands of them are being sent for slaughter by their owners due to the crisis in Spain. Asking us if this was true, we confirmed that sadly it was. Having then checked us out to make sure that we are a legitimate, registered, horse rescue foundation in Spain, she has started a fundraising campaign in America for us, these are her words:
"When I learned of the plight of the horses in Spain I felt sick. Granted, there are horses in the US that are in need of recue as well. In fact, there are rescue organizations everywhere that take in and care for horses that would otherwise be abused or destroyed. Luckily, they are operated by horse enthusiasts who know how to raise the funds needed to support their horses. In Spain, the financial situation is dire. People have to decide whether to feed themselves or their horses. Guess who loses?
Horses are abandoned and either die of starvation or injury. Those who can transport their unwanted horses take them to the slaughter houses where they'll get approximately $400 for each horse. These are not only old, sick and injured horses, but also young, healthy equines. In fact, Spain is exporting more horsemeat than any other European country; becoming known for a more tender meat due to younger animals being slaughtered and shipped. Often, these horses are shipped to Italian abattoirs. They arrive injured and half dead due to inhumane transport conditions - i.e. no food, water and packed into enclosed containers with little air.
As tough as it is to realize that horses of all types end up at the abattoir, I could not imagine this fate on healthy, gentle Andalusia's. I could not imagine the fear they experience as they confront the fate forced upon them.
I must save at least one of these Spanish Andalusian horses' lives. If I can save one or more, I'd feel blessed. I can give a life-long home to one and likely find loving homes for others as well. Or, if possible, bring the horse to the peak of health and begin some training, then sell the horse to raise money to save more horses.
If I cannot raise enough to ship a horse to the US I will send all donations to a well vetted Equine Rescue group in Spain - Easy Horse Rescue, operated by Rod and Sue Weeding. They are my representatives in Spain, willing to help me locate, obtain and transport the horses." Miriam Fields-Babineau
Sue Weeding co-founder of EHCRCF says "It's heart warming to think that people truly do care enough to contact us from across the world and are actually joining us trying to make a difference"
Maybe you can't change the world by saving one horse but you can change the whole world for the horse that you save.
EHCRC will keep you updated on Miriam's fundraising. For more information contact Sue firstname.lastname@example.org