To counteract this suffering, still widespread throughout Latin America, in 2013 Fondation Franz Weber set up the Sanctuary Equidad in San Marcos Sierra, central Argentina.
At Equidad, the foundation takes in freed rubbish-collection horses, provides them with medical care, looks after them and gives them a new life in peace and dignity. It is a campaign that is making excellent progress. Thousands of horses have now been released across Latin America, having been replaced by motorised vehicles.
Yet there is still much to do. Tens of thousands of rubbish-collection horses are waiting to be freed in Argentina alone. There is great support for the movement within government and society. Yet the mills of legislation occasionally grind slowly, so plenty of patience is needed.
160 horses, 4 ponies, 7 donkeys, 3 pygmy donkeys, 2 mules, 14 cows, 1 buffalo, 23 goats, 11 sheep, 25 pigs, 3 wild boars, 4 llamas, 25 dogs and 10 roosters currently live at Equidad (as of February 2021). After a miserable existence knowing nothing but drudgery, suffering and mistreatment, they have begun a new life here. That’s reason enough for our team to give its new charges all the more love and care.