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After prohibiting horses in the traditional gaucho mass, now they ask that there be no blood traction even in the fields

“Hopefully at some point the government will provide help, not only to us, but to all the NGOs that work for this,” argues Karmen Anriquez, representative of the NGO Caballos Libres del Sur. In his refuge there are more than 20 horses, in addition to all those who gave up for adoption.

Free Horses of the South is one of the organizations that called for a national march this Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m., towards the National Congress. The request: a law that prohibits the traction of animal blood, in addition to controlling compliance with the Animal Abuse Law. The chosen date is not accidental, since September 20 is the Day of the Horse in Argentina.

Different NGO’s from all over the country call for a national march against blood traction in the municipalities for 9/20 at 6:00 p.m. in the Congress of the Argentine Nation. For any type of collaboration and/or donation, contact Karmen at 11 3314-2847 and schedule a delivery point.

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“We started in 2018, as a family, little by little, with my husband, my children and my parents. The first mare we rescued was called Moni, and it was thanks to a girl who had approached the police station around the corner from my house,” he recalls.

“Since we didn’t know where to leave it, because of all the bureaucratic issues,” he adds, “I allowed him to leave it that night in my garage. From there, at no time did we stop lifting horses as individual rescuers until we were able to create the shelter that later became an NGO”.

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Caballos Libres del Sur came up with the idea of ​​saving horses that were victims of mistreatment: they started within the district of Lomas de Zamora making telephone complaints every time they found a horse carrying heavy loads, and that it was visibly damaged. Seeing that the police began to respond to their calls and put the animals in shelter, they felt the need to do more.

Caballos Libres del Sur has 20 animals in an area of ​​320 hectares.

Caballos Libres del Sur has 20 animals in an area of ​​320 hectares.

In December 2019 they managed to rent their first field where their first horses entered and began to write their own history. Today they have a 320-hectare property where they care for, cure and feed the horses they receive.

Many times it is the same neighbors who communicate with the police, and these in turn with the rural patrol, which ends up notifying the NGO. Once inside, they are given a general check-up and begin to heal them. Some, due to the conditions in which they enter, do not manage to survive.

“None of us who work in the shelter live from this,” Karen remarks.. Everyone has their own jobs, from which they can make small contributions to support the shelter, in addition to collections, raffles and donations from neighbors.

Thor, rescued in San Francisco Solano.

Thor, rescued in San Francisco Solano.

When they are alerted or reported for an equine in the area, they first verify if it is alone or with a carrier. Then, they must be very cautious at the time of the transfer, for which they look for someone who has a batán (the trailer with which the horse is transported), especially due to the conditions of vulnerability to which they may be exposed.

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Secondly, a veterinarian is called to carry out the report and the required care of the case: vaccinations, cures, dentists. “It is very common to find horses with colic, which is caused by eating poorly and walking all day in the street. We know that they can walk 10, 18 and up to 24 hours without stopping”he points out.

Lucas, another of the horses found in the Lomas de Zamora shelter.

Lucas, another of the horses found in the Lomas de Zamora shelter.


“To us raise a horse it can cost us between 30,000 and 40,000 pesos, which is the total of all the expenses plus the deworming, the removal of horseshoes, the plates and the blood studies,” he adds.

Regarding the situation of the carriers, he says: “We always repeat that we do not take the work out of him but rather we improve it. doWhat does that mean? that we exchanged the equine for a motocarro, a car, or a bicycle. In fact, we know that there are municipalities, such as the case of Berazategui, where blood traction was completely prohibited through ordinances.”

La ONG, Karmen comments, It seeks to finance itself through raffles, the collection of soda caps and the recycling of containers. In this way they try to cover the costs.

Luz with Karen, a referent of the Lomas NGO.

Luz with Karen, a referent of the Lomas NGO.

In Lomas de Zamora, they indicate, there is “a decree and not an ordinance”, Therefore, blood traction is prohibited in the Municipality and 10 blocks around it, but not in all the neighborhoods of Santa Catalina, El Olimpo, La Salada, San José, Llavallol, among others.

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“Now, for example, we are working for the treatment of Ángeles, a mare, which has a total cost of 200,000 pesos,” says Karmen. “That is why everything that people leave us, with what they can, 50 , 100 pesos, bags full of bottles, it all adds up.”

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