May 16: Horse Rescue Day – Neglected Horses Need Your Love Too

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Horse Rescue Day

Horse Rescue Day is a day that falls on May 16th every year. This day started in 2000 and was created to show awareness for the many horses that are neglected or abused by their owners. It’s an important reminder of how we should treat animals and not take them for granted.

History of Horse Rescue Day

The concept of horse welfare began during the 17th century and allowed for a more humane treatment of horses. Ideologically, animals are considered machines. Islamic cultures appreciated horses more than West European civilizations did.

Horses dying was not much of a consideration in the middle ages up until the 19th century.Animal advocacy groups were not as prevalent before the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in Hong Kong in 1903, as well the publication of Anna Sewell’s book Black Beauty which was initially released in 1877.

The debate became heated and spread throughout the United States and Europe during the century that followed.Government and public concern combined to create laws that address various issues concerning the welfare of horses.

Throughout the 20th and 21st century, people’s view of horses has massively changed. This has led to animal rights movements and organizations such as the ASPCA that aim to protect animals from abuse. There are many groups that rescue horses, and each has particular guidelines or procedures. Very few of them receive government funding though.

How To Take Part In Horse Rescue Day

  • Take part in Horse Rescue Day by donating money to your favorite horse rescue group or volunteering at one of their events.
  • Raise awareness of horse abuse on social media by sharing posts from rescue centres.
  • Share this holiday to show your support for animal welfare.

Horse Rescue Day is a day to support horses that have been abused or neglected. The holiday has grown in popularity over the years and now many people are donating to rescue centres on this day and raising awareness about horse abuse. If you want to do your part, consider visiting one of these rescue centres today or making a donation online so they can continue their important work for future horses who need help.

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