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Cruel "Hot Branding" Of Horses Banned In Germany | Care2 Causes

Cruel "Hot Branding" Of Horses Banned In Germany | Care2 Causes

Horses and animal welfare groups won a victory this week in Germany as the long debated practice of branding horses with hot irons was officially banned. Horse breeding associations have fought against the ban since it was first proposed in October 2010. German Minister of Agriculture Isle Aigner finally came to the long awaited decision this week, declaring hot iron branding illegal. The ban will become an amendment to the country’s Animal Welfare Act once it is finalized by parliament this fall. Germany will join Denmark, Scotland and the Netherlands in outlawing the practice. The European Union requires all horses to be individually identified. Their recommended method is microchipping, but major German Warmblood breed associations have fought against the technique in favor of the traditional method which brand’s a horse on the haunches. The breeders say branding a hors...

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