World Horse Welfare
Dr. Roly Owers, CEO
Aired October 5, 2018
World Horse Welfare was founded in 1927, as a campaigning organization to prevent the export of live British horses for slaughter. The charity's founder, Ada Cole, was spurred into action after witnessing a procession of British work horses being unloaded and whipped for four miles to slaughter in Belgium.
In the decades since, WHW's work has been crucial in improving the lives of horses around the globe through education, lobbying for legal reform and protection, research, investigations, and re-homing. Issues WHW tackles include responsible use of horses in sport, improvement of working horses' living conditions, sustainable animal husbandry practices, and public awareness and advocacy.
Dr. Roly Owers joined World Horse Welfare as Chief Executive in January 2008. He already knew the charity well, having led its fundraising and communication teams from 1999 to 2003.
Dr. Owers qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University in 1992. Having spent a short time with the Blue Cross, he joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, which included a posting as the Veterinary Officer at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London. After the army, he joined World Horse Welfare until 2003, when he left to take up the post of Development Director at the Perse School in Cambridge. He returned to World Horse Welfare in 2008.
Dr. Owers has ridden for much of his life, greatly enjoying eventing and team chasing.
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