Argentina: Terrible Cart Horse Suffering – Animals Killed Within Months Of Being Stolen.

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When most people think of Argentina, they think

of romantic tangos and perhaps of the musical Evita.

But they will be shocked to know that Argentina is

also a place where appalling, almost unbelievable

abuse of carthorses takes place.

The horses, many of which are stolen, are literally

worked to death, pull overloaded carts until they

collapse.

While they lie dying drivers cut off chunks of flesh

to sell.

Once stolen, the horses live for just a few months

because they are so poorly fed and get no

veterinary care. They are routinely flogged

with iron-embedded whips to goad them into

pulling carts overloaded with heavy cargo.

 

We can tell that many Argentinians are right-handed

because so many carthorses are blinded in their

right eye by drivers wielding vicious whips.

 

When the horses die their bodies are callously

dumped, often in rivers that run through shantytowns.

There are some 100,000 carthorses in Argentina.

Their lives are short, brutal and filled with neglect

and abuse so extreme that it has to be seen to be believed.

In Argentina, Network for Animals is working

with volunteers to end this disgraceful situation.

Ill-treatment of carthorses is illegal, but police

and government mostly turn a blind eye to what

goes on.

In Quilmes, a very poor area of Buenos Aires,

there are an estimated 5,000 carthorses who

endure lives of hell. It is cheaper to steal another

horse than to care for one.

Local people are fighting to have the Argentinian

government ban horse-drawn carts and Network

for Animals is with them every step of the way.

It will take a long time to get a ban, so in the

meantime we work together to enforce the law

that forbids ill-treatment of horses and we rescue

every horse we can.

It’s dangerous work. Romina Port, a brave,

passionate and dedicated volunteer told us:

“I have had guns held to my head and my life

threatened. Once when I was trying to rescue

an injured, suffering carthorse, I told the owner

I was going to give the horse a better life.

He took out a knife and slit the defenceless

horse’s throat, saying: “this horse doesn’t

deserve a better life”.

On a recent rescue mission, we found Tessa.

She was trying desperately to pull an overloaded

cart, she had no horse shoes and was being whipped.

Mark, if you could have seen her, head drooping

exhausted, emaciated, frightened and starving.

We rescued Tessa, now she is in a horse sanctuary

where she will live happily for the rest of her life.

This is how we will win the battle, one horse at

a time. I have pledged to fight for the carthorses of Argentina.

Please, please help me. Give generously to Network for Animals to help us end this horror.

 

 

 

 

 

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