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Shame on the UK as Northumberland County Council Shoot 13 Abandoned Horses
Please sign the petition and stop the Councils in the UK killing healthy horses without firstly trying to rehome them.
This story isn't an isolated one, it's a story which is read over and over again throughout the UK, popping up on social media sites such as Facebook. You find the good hearted public rallying around to help those horses that have been abandoned. They rally around by bringing food, water and hay and sometimes even costing them the fee of a vet to attend to sick horses or mares in foal.
What is different with this story is this: Northumberland County Council brought the bailiffs in and shot 13 healthy horses. These horses had been grazing happily for many years with locals coming along to feed and care for them.
Three of those illegally grazed horses was a mare along with her foal and a stallion who were rounded up after happily grazing for 3 years in a field near Broomhouse Road in Prudhoe, despite the fact that local horse owner Gillian Smith had offered them a safe new home.
Gillian stated "The Council basically just fobbed me off and told me to contact the horse bailiffs". "I rang them and they were not interested in the horses at all" Both offers to the council and to the bailiffs were ignored and subsequently the 13 which were rounded up across the County were shot.
Shame on the council who claim attempts to rehome them had been exhausted, when it's very apparent they could have still been alive today.
Gillian Smith a resident in Ovington has now started a petition to save the future of abandoned horses in the UK. It all started with a Facebook page Saving Lives of Seized Horses and a petition asking David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK to help stop councils from killing these horses before every attempt is made to rehome.
Now with nearly 3000 members campaigning for a change of this barbaric act and with signatures of over 1600 this story is very quickly going viral with the help of the media and local Hexham MP Guy Opperman who states he is "very concerned" that the council did not manage to rehome them.
He has now asked Northumberland County Council for answers as to why this was allowed to happen.
This petition needs to go in front of the UK Government and for this to happen 100,000 signatures are needed. Share this story around the World and help innocent horses from being slaughtered. If you are a UK resident please click, sign and share.
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