In October 2017, the European Organisation for Animal and Nature Conservation (ETN e.V.) will continue its yearly efforts to save foals from being slaughtered. The background: Every autumn, hundreds of foals, mostly Haflinger and Noriker, are separated from their mothers and taken to auctions in Maishofen, Austria. What an idyllic start to life - close to their mothers on green mountain meadows - and what a horrible end, just six months later on a truck to Italy, where they die way too early. Most of the foals don´t conform to the breeding standards and are therefore “useless” for further breeding. Very few of them are bought as leisure horses for private people – more than 95 % of all foals end up in a (usually Italian) slaughterhouse. Following the stressful auctions, the foals are immediately loaded on one of the trucks. After several days of transport, they are either killed directly, or, probably even worse, are fattened in tethered housing for months beforehand. All this misery indirectly subsidised by the European Union.
We try to save at least some foals from this cruel fate. But we need your support! You can help us to save their lives with a donation – every cent counts!