MEMBERS of the travelling community who own and road race horses are being urged to seek advice on how to dispose of their dead animals from racehorse breeders and stud farm owners, who have seemingly mastered the art of discarding dead and useless equines without repercussion.
Following the publication of several graphic images of dead ponies already this year, animal welfare campaigners slammed travellers for their animal mistreatment, calling on Irish stud farms and breeders to educate the ethnic minority on how they deal with the thousands of unwanted foals from foster mares, or “junk mares” as they are called in the racehorse industry.
“These people are amateurs and are doing it all wrong,” explained one multi-million euro stud farm owner we spoke to, who wished to remain anonymous because he knows better, “we purposely breed mares with throwaway foals to induce lactation for our premium foals to drink, so we then have to get rid of thousands of useless, unwanted foals every year, so we know exactly what we’re doing when it comes to disposing worthless animals”.
The practice of impregnating mares with the sole purpose of providing milk for racehorses while discarding the original foal has been practiced for many years, primarily by, but not limited to, the horse breeding/thoroughbred racing industry.
“We try our best to sell the bastard foals off to travellers and dodgy horse dealers, which I suppose is ironic,” added the source, referring to the unregulated and financially profitable system of offloading foals from foster mares, “but the majority of these baby foals have to be killed and disposed of quietly through our many undisclosed resources, thankfully without getting too much backlash from the press – the travellers could learn a lot from us on how to save face”.
It is understood a new government scheme will allow members of the travelling community to approach stud farms for advice, and if both parties agree, then train in the art of disposing horses on the QT.