|FECTU – Fédération Européenne du Cheval de Trait pour la promotion de son Utilisation – was established on 1st November 2003 in Luxembourg by seven draught animal organisations representing different European countries, who drew up this manifesto:
The Association aims to encourage cooperation between those European organisations involved in the promotion and advancement of the working heavy horse (and other draught animals), to collectively represent those organisations and to promote and look after their common interests without compromising the autonomy or special interests of any member organisation. The Association will also participate in the preservation of the common European draught animal heritage, and in the promotion of both working and leisure use of these animals, paying particular attention to sound working practices with regard to animals and the humans involved, and the environment. The Association supports any initiatives undertaken by member societies which seek to encourage and make better use of draught animals and which ensure high standards of welfare for those animals.
Today FECTU counts 18 member organisations from all over Europe.
For more information please visit http://www.fectu.org/index.htm.