Over the last few months i have read of quite a few horrific killings of these animals, especially around the Leinster area, one theory is that with the disgraceful cheapness and lack of regulation that has always surrounded their trade - that with the recession people are abandoning or killing animals they no longer want to care for.
Just recently another pony had it's throat cut, experts say it would have died an agonising death. A few weeks ago there was a picture of a burnt donkey (they didn't know if it had been alive at the time of burning or not) and just after Christmas there was an attempted burning of a dying pony by some sick juveniles.
Warning to public after sadistic slaughter of pony - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie
Isn't it time to shut down cheap horse trading fairs and properly regulate the sale and care of these poor creatures? There seems to be an over-abundance of them in the Dublin area (especially the estates) and the level of care i have witnessed is far from adequate.