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Blood farms in Iceland: report by 17 animal protection organisations


Blood farms in Iceland: 17 animal welfare organisations, including IHP representing Italy, have lodged a formal complaint with the supervisory authority of the EFTA (European Free Trade Association), which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The complaint describes all the violations of the laws in force in the European Economic Area, committed in a state that prides itself on protecting horses while secretly torturing them.

In November 2021, an investigation by the Animal Welfare Foundation and Tierschutzbund Zürich revealed the cruel conditions on Icelandic blood farms, where large quantities of blood are systematically taken from pregnant mares to extract the hormone equine serum gonadotropin (PMSG). This hormone is used to produce drugs used in intensive pig and cattle farms to increase the fertility of females.

The 17 organisations denounce: the practice of taking blood from pregnant mares for the production of PMSG should be banned by the Icelandic authorities, as it does not comply with the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) principle on which the EU Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes is based. This barbarism must be abolished immediately.






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