At Dublin, Eire, Nov. 26, the "City of Cork" waits at the quayside, loaded with a cargo of 140 horses bound for Dieppe, France.
At Dublin, Eire, Nov. 26, the "City of Cork" waits at the quayside, loaded with a cargo of 140 horses bound for Dieppe, France. It is her last voyage before a new law comes into force to reduce suffering caused to horses shipped to the Continent for slaughter. Another last shipment from Dublin was made at the same time .... 70 horses on the "Theano", bound for Amsterdam.
In humane conditions on the rail journey from Dieppe to the Paris slaughter houses have killed off many horses in the past, but under the new law this is to be prevented, as the animals will have to be slaughtered within 30 miles of the port of disembarkation. Regulations are already in operation to prevent suffering caused by shipping the horses during rough weather at sea.
And soon, there will be an even stricter law, banning entirely the export of live horses from Eire, except under special circumstances. This law will come into force when a new Irish slaughter house is completed at Straffin, County Kildare, probably next Spring. In the meantime, traders are seeking abattoirs nearer the unloading ports on the Continent.
The trade in Irish horses has roused strong opposition from British newspapers, and from anti-cruelty organisation in both Eire and Britain.