Peport of PETA
Every weekend in Romania local markets take place, where horses are shown and sold with punches, brute force and brutality. Frequently, these horses are then stretched before carriages after their sale and must work hard until the end of their forces for humans.
In addition, the largest horse dealers in some communities once a year organize large, nationwide well-known markets selling hundreds of horses.
Since there are usually no official controls on these markets, extreme brutality and cruelty prevail there.
Raw violence is used to demonstrate the strength of the animals and thus to achieve the highest possible profit by selling the horses. In order to prove the strength of the horses, various cruel methods are used.
Almost every horse has thick welts or open wounds on the body. Whipping hunts, straining against tree trunks, boulders or carriages with their brakes on or tied wheels, some animals simply collapse.
To gather evidence against the traders and markets, we had to document the suffering of the animals.
We drove to the horse market in Mihăeşti. When we arrived, it was quiet – and we understood why. A police patrol and a veterinary officer went around among the horse dealers and checked that the animals were registered with a microchip. We mingled with the crowd as we spotted a frightened horse in the adjacent river that could not move.
A rope had been wrapped around his leg, and the animal had no chance to free himself.
We helped him, untied the rope, got it out of the river, and returned to the market.
In the meantime, the police had disappeared, and the traders had prepared some tree trunks to finally prove how strong their horses are.
They were thick, heavier trunks with a length of up to 15 meters. One horse after another was stretched in front of the tree trunks. A crowd of people gathered.
Then the whip-rain and the loud roar of the traders began.
Again and again the horses were beaten with whips. The men roared at the horses, who were trying hard to take a step forward. The sharp, rusty pieces pulled on the pines of the animals. With mouth wide open and puffy nostrils, they tried to move forward.
Some fell, but the whip forced them to get up and pull harder.
Teenagers and men waited around the cruel spectacle until it was their turn to whip the horses. Some sat on the tree trunks to further increase the draw weight.
Horses are dragging boulders under whiplash.
We went to the market to Berevoieşti, which takes place on three consecutive days. He is considered even more brutal and rabid.
The tree trunks are even bigger and heavier here.
Some horses are even stretched in front of boulders.
In addition, the men pull on the tail of the animals, so that the resistance is even greater.
In whipping rain, the horses are forced over and over again to take a step. Each of the men wants to prove that he has the strongest and most powerful horse.
It’s not just about selling – it’s also about demonstrating power
For animal rights activists, these markets are extremely dangerous places, because the violence that takes place there should remain hidden.
Nevertheless, our local team managed to gather evidence and document the situation of the animals.
The only way to expose the suffering of the horses and to act against the perpetrators.
It is not easy to endure the vile scenes. Nevertheless, it is important to record them because these footage serves as evidence in the trial and can help to end the terrible maltreatment of the animals once and for all.
We will refund criminal charges and enlighten
The photo and video evidence of the abuses will be used in criminal proceedings against the perpetrators.
In addition, as part of our educational campaign in Romania, we will launch an information and education campaign in the markets of the Arges district. With posters and flyers that are distributed in markets, we inform the population about the legal provisions, according to which such ordeal is maltreatment and animal cruelty.
We will show people how important it is to empathize with animals and treat them with compassion (!!!)
Please help end the suffering of the horses on Romanian horse markets.
Call us on the responsible presidents of the Police Department and the highest veterinary authority of Romania to prohibit these markets and to ban the atrocities forever.
Sign and share the petition: https://www.peta.de/pferdemarkt-rumaenien
My comment: There are many such countries, such as Romania, in the EU, who dreamed of big money when they joined the EU.
They were given subsidies; actually, to adapt their laws and facilities for farm animals to EU “standards”, among others.
But the EU does not control any of its colonies; it claims that animal welfare is a national matter. And in practice also a paper thing!
And that is why the “stone age sadism” of many countries continues to flourish, as in the present case of Romania, which is not a symptom of the poor economy of the country, but a cultural disease of the people, which also with economic aid (subsidies) rather worse than cured would have been..
To the question … “and why may such countries stay in the EU” … we can simply answer:
Because almost every EU country has a big or small cultural defect.
-Germany is the worst country in Europe in Chapter “Animal Experiments”!
-Spain has demonstrably the worst entertainment industry in Europe with the bloody bullfighting.
-Denmark with its archipelago Faroe Islands, brutally slaughters a thousand whales, which is also considered a masculinity demonstration.
The list is long and the perpetrators are all member- servants of an oligarchy, the EU, which owes its existence just to such cultural defects.
The prevailing morality towards animals is, throughout Europe, a Neanderthal morality.
My best regards to all, Venus