Dartmoor is a killing field of the innocents.
Each autumn the ponies are rounded up, foals are separated from their mothers and are sold at markets in Tavistock and Chagford.
800 foals were sold for a pittance and slaughtered in 2012.
This year, numbers were around 600, those which didn’t make the required £10.50 were shot for zoo fodder.
Baby foals of 4 months old can be slaughtered on their own.
If they are younger, and many often are, they are killed alongside their mothers.
Mares are also killed, including the pregnant ones.
This has to end.
The meat lorries are present at the sales and foals are loaded straight from the sale pens and onto the lorry.
The hides of culled ponies being also crafted into ‘wild pony’ drums used in retreats that ‘capture the rhythm of life’.
There is no excuse for this slaughter when a managed breeding programme could be started.
Let these beautiful, iconic creatures live out their lives, wild on the moors.
Where they belong.