We are committed to enhance the welfare of farm animals in Poland

Horse Market

Our team visits the market regularly.
We are checking on the health of the animals...
...as well as the compliance with animal welfare laws.

In 2016, about 280,000 horses were born in Poland. The horse population decreased a bit in comparison with the previous year. Almost half of the foals are heavy cold-blooded horses. In the region where our Farm Animal Service (FAS) project is situated, there are about 6,300 horses. That is 40 % less than in 2013, and possibly a result of our work. The horses remain healthy for longer with the consequence that less horses must be bought as a replacement. The number of horses at the weekly market also decreased form once several hundreds to about 30 to 40 horses per market day. They are mostly young horses who are sold to one main buyer for slaughter horses.

We almost reached our goal
It took over ten years until the conditions on the market improved to a stage where we only discovered hurt, neglected or sick animals and those unfit for transport in exceptional cases. Now, our team predominantly uses the market to get in touch with animal owners. We offer them our help to eliminate problems with animal husbandry, such as the everyday handling of the animals, as well as their feeding and health. Directly after the market, our FAS-team visits the farms to help local animals in need. For these reasons, we are upholding our regular visits to the market.  

 

Recent investigations:

31. August 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report August: Cattle and Horse Markets

Lagow. For unknown reasons the market is closed today.

Our team is on their way to the cattle market in Lagow. We want to inspect the market for animal welfare violations. When we arrive, we are surprised to find out that the entrance to the market is closed. The market is not operating today. However, we cannot find out why. We will look into this and continue with our animal welfare inspections as…

27. July 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report July: Cattle and Horse Markets

There are no animals at the Lagow cattle market.

This month our team starts their work with inspecting the horse market in Bodzentyn. Lately, the market became a place where farm equipment can be bought instead of horses. We have visited this market several times in the past months, however, we did not see a single horse being sold at this market for a long time. The situation at the Lagow cattle…

27. June 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report June: Cattle and Horse Markets

Lagow cattle market: Due to a lack buyers, the animals are not even unloaded from the lorries.

This month our team returns to the cattle market in Lago to ensure that the welfare of the animals being sold at the market is respected. Both animal markets in Lagow and Bodzentyn re-opened recently after the imposed restrictions related to COVID-19 were released.

The number of cattle present at the markets is very low. During our inspection…