In 2013, Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) set up the Sanctuary Equidad on 10 hectares in San Marcos Sierra, Central Argentina, to counteract this suffering that is still widespread throughout Latin America.
In the spring of 2021, FFW was able to acquire a more secluded, much larger – 312 hectare – property with green meadows, forests, mountain pastures and a river: the perfect paradise of peace, beauty and freedom for animals.
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 Thousands of horses have now been released across Latin America, having been replaced by motorised vehicles.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. All the more now, our team loves and cares for its liberated fosterlings.