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FEI-appointed Equine Ethics And Wellbeing Commission Launches New Survey To Gauge Welfare Proposals Reactions

11 months ago

19th June, 2023 21h40


Further to its launch of its vision, A Good Life for Horses, and 24 recommendations made to the FEI and international delegates at the Sports Forum in Lausanne in April of this year, the FEI’s Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission [EEWBC] has launched a new survey of equestrian stakeholders to hear their views on how they feel about the proposed approach to safeguarding equine wellbeing.

The 24 recommendations outline actions the FEI should take to demonstrate leadership, trustworthiness, transparency, proactivity and openness to independent evaluation.

For instance, the FEI is asked to:

The survey — which is offered in English, French and Spanish — welcomes responses from anyone involved in horses by June 22 2023. The questions include:

The survey also points to the Commission’s proposed detailed Strategic Approach to help ensure ‘A good life for horses’ , through use of six strategic enablers; evidence, education, engagement, effective regulation, enforcement and empowerment.

“We were delighted with the extremely positive response to our recommendations made at April’s Sports Forum,” says EEWBC Chair Professor Natalie Waran. “The equestrian community understood that we can only demonstrate how seriously we take the responsibility of involving horses in sport with top-to-bottom engagement across the equestrian community, and a desire to act in the best interests if the horse”.

“The use of the word ‘sentient’ in the Charter is deliberate because it highlights that horses feel negative and positive emotions such as fear, stress, pain, contentment and pleasure, as well as the responsibility we all have for ensuring that equestrians understand the responsibility they have for how their horse feel. Animal sentience is recognized in law in many countries, and to ensure good welfare, we all need to understand what that is, why it’s relevant and why it matters to the horse.

“The EEWB Commission advocates evidence-based decisions to safeguard horse welfare, but also cautions that whilst existing and ongoing work to identify robust indicators for practical equine welfare assessment is important, where research may not yet be available or is inconclusive, we should ‘err on the side of caution’ by applying a precautionary approach where there may be a welfare risk to the horse”.

To complete the survey by June 22 2023 please use these links:

Link to the Spanish version:

Link to the English version:

Link to the French version:

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