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Direct export of horses to China moves a step closer.From The Irish Times 1

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London, United Kingdom

Sep 12, 2013 — http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/agribusiness-and-food/direct-export-of-horses-to-china-moves-a-step-closer-1.1464277
Again I ask, what possible control has any foreign government over the Chinese authorities, once the horses have been exported? What will happen to the horses that are not good enough for racing & those, especially geldings, ( neutered male horses), when they have finished their careers...? I dread to think, when there is already a huge 'wastage' problem all over the world in the so-called 'regulated' racing industry, where horses are brutally disposed at 2-3 years old. The Minister for Agriculture says agreement with Chinese authorities is good news for industry, just NOT for horses. Any quoted, 'certain animal health' agreement is really very vague & just an official screen to push the export forward. Ireland will make millions in revenue from selling out these trusting & highly sensitive creatures into a culture where animal suffering is itself a sport.

Direct export of horses to China moves a step closer
Direct export of horses to China moves a step closer
The direct export of Irish horses to China has moved a step closer with the agreement of the Chinese authorities to the terms of a veterinary certificate to control the process. Last June, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney signed a protocol with Chinese Vice-Minister Wei Chuanzhong which paved the way for the export of Irish horses to China subject to certain agreed animal health guarantees and a pre-export quarantine.
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