Incase we needed more evidence passports are pointless ....WHW investigation
"Tonight the results of our investigations will be revealed on the BBC 1's Inside Out programme (to be broadcast on terrestrial channels in the South and East at 7:30pm).
It will show that an unknown number of horses and ponies are leaving Britain’s shores under the pretence that they are for leisure or sport – but may in fact be sold for slaughter.
Our investigations have found that they are leaving our ports without any of the required checks on their welfare or their paperwork, so it is impossible to know whether the laws protecting them are being complied with.
These movements are not small or insignificant: over just one weekend of monitoring we saw more than 90 horse boxes – a number of which could carry more than 20 equines – leaving and entering the port of Dover.
Without physical and documentary checks these horses and ponies could be going anywhere, for any purpose, in any condition.