Prevent Ominous Fate for UK’s Abandoned Horses

Target: Nicolas De Brauwere, Chairman of the National Equine Welfare Council

Goal: Fight countless horse cruelties and deaths due to abandonment.

Recently, a mare in the process of giving birth was found dead: the latest victim of an ongoing epidemic. The United Kingdom is facing a crisis of abandoned horses left to die. Most of these helpless animals are dumped or abandoned in a cruel act sometimes called horse fly-tipping. The lucky ones will be rescued by organizations like the RSPCA. For the rest, a slow, painful death from starvation, exposure, or injury likely awaits.

The rising rate of horse-related cruelty cases—up 25 percent from previous years—can be linked to breeders who are eager to make a profit oversaturating the market with horses. Due to the large supply, these animals are being sold at sharply discounted rates; some have even been given away for free. As a result, legions of inexperienced and ill-prepared individuals gain ownership of animals that are an immense caretaking challenge for even experienced horse lovers. When faced with sizable food expenses, sheltering expenses, or veterinary bills, these individuals will often relieve their responsibility by taking actions that likely ensure the death of their horses.

Rescue organizations managed to save 1,000 horses from such a grim fate last year, but for every rescue, many more tragic outcomes occurred. Sign this petition and urge the UK’s leading equine welfare organization to advocate for stronger laws addressing dangerous horse overbreeding.


Dear Mr. De Brauwere,

Abandonment has become arguably the greatest crisis the UK’s equine population faces today. Every day, more horses are left to a cruel death—neglected, abandoned, and ‘fly-tipped’ by individuals who should have never had ownership of these animals.

While laws in England and Wales criminalize these inhumane actions, the likely source of the problem continues, ensuring that more unnecessary deaths will also continue. Unusually low expenses for these animals open the door for buyers who cannot adequately cover the many expenses involved with caring for a horse. In a relentless cycle, these low prices stem from a surplus supply of horses, which in turn likely stems from overbreeding.

Until this root cause is addressed, we fear the tragedies will not halt. Please use every available resource to advocate for stronger regulations regarding horse breeding in the UK.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: My Lovely Horse Rescue

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  1. This is horrible and should be illegal! Cruelty and abuse! Sad! Don’t have animals you cannot care for!

  2. Barton Dixon says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  3. What vile subhuman beings!! I hope they suffer a much WORSE fate, as they deserve! Such scum of the earth need to die like the pestilence they are!

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