Equine welfare disposal scheme

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I currently run the Humane Equine disposal scheme which gives a humane end to unwanted horses to try and stop them being dumped or neglected,

At the moment the scheme mainly handles Dartmoor Ponies but is hoping to expand to help with all other horses that are found neglected or in need of a humane end.

This may not be to everyone's taste but it is important as there is a shortage of suitable homes and often they are better of being  humanely destroyed instead of being neglected or passed through multiple market to eventually end up is some abattoir abroad

This system is dependant on donations to make it work, please help if you are able, thankyou

Humane Slaughter

To help people understand how humane putting a animal to sleep in I have upload the videos on the page here,

 These videos are designed for educational use only, please not not watch if you are offened to such things.

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Welcome to A P Goatman.



Personal statement:

I have been involved in the humane disposal of animals for over 15 years. My first experiences of this industry were gained whilst working on a dairy farm which also had a stud and livery yard. During this time, I witnessed practices which suggested a severe lack of concern for the animals.


I have always loved animals, but recognise that sometimes the the proper care of an animal requires that it be euthanized. I felt very strongly that whilst this intervention may be necessary, there is no excuse for negating the welfare of the animal int its final moments. So I decided to get myself properly trained and licensed. 


I have a form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. This means that whilst I may struggle with some types of social interaction, it also gives me some advantages. My condition gives me a very particular perspective on life which gives rise to a greater affinity with the animals; an ability to see things from there point of view, if you will. Using this perspective I have designed several handling pens and done a lot of work in handling and slaughtering facilities for difficult species such as the semi-feral Dartmoor pony.


Euthanasia and animal slaughter techniques are a subject of constant study for me, with the aim to improve animal welfare wherever possible. Long term, I plan to construct my own facility to provide the best type of handling to improve the humane disposal process for all animals, but with particular emphasis on semi-feral types.


When the time comes, many animals will become frightened and fight if improperly restrained. In cases where more than one animal is to be disposed of, the consequences of witnessing this should be obvious. In managing these final moments, my primary goal is to ensure that all potential sources of distress are eliminated. This ensures that the animals I put down know nothing about what is to happen, that in all cases the animal meets an instant, painless end.


In this unpleasant work, perhaps what provides the greatest satisfaction is being able to share my knowledge with others. From time to time I have the privilege of teaching humane disposal techniques to others. On a number of occasions I have been accompanied by future veterinary and equine studies students seeking practical work experience. for me it is an opportunity to ensure that what I have found to be best practice in the interests of animal welfare is passed on to future practitioners. for the students, this represents an invaluable introduction to the world they intend to enter following graduation.


In the course of my practice and training I have acquired a comprehensive knowledge of firearms. As a consequence I am licensed as a Marksman to deal with wild and dangerous animals and have been called upon by the police to assist in a number of emergency situations. I have recently obtained my license to use a Dart Gun meaning that I now have the ability to tranquilize animals that are difficult to handle; animals which otherwise may have to have been shot. 


I have always had a fascination with investigating the causes of death and circumstances which give rise to the need for euthanasia. My knowledge of anatomy allows me to perform a Post Mortem examination if required by an owner or Vet.


I enjoy teaching animal anatomy and have built a viewing room within the Carcass Processing area which I constructed at Dartmoor Zoo, Plymouth. This facility has proven very popular with schools, colleges and the general public. It enables me to show in detail, how the body works and also a few of the things that can go wrong.


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Andrew Goatman is a specialist in the humane destruction of equines, exotic animals and farm animals
Whilst he mostly specialises in horses and ponies, he is licensed for all species of animals, from dogs through to lions and tigers.
With over 25years experience working with horses (used to work at sud farm and livery yard)  and with over 15 years experience putting horses down, he can ensure that's it's done the best way possible for the horse, he never rushes to job, as much time is given everytime as needed to ensure everything is humane and possible and horse neither knows or feels anything, he likes to give horses and final feed whilst putting them down so the last thing horse knows in a nice bucket of feed whilst being spoken to softly.
Whether as an emergency/casualty or pre-arranged time, he will come to your own premises to put down your animal. He will then remove the body for disposal. Besides the standard  disposal option, he also offers the option of “recycling” some species of animals that can be used for the supply of meat for zoo animals.
Also he offers individual cremations with ashes returned fir equines of all sizes, these are guaranteed to be your horses ashes returnes,.
To ensure peace of mind as we also are aware of the cases with some places across the country that have not been genuine with horse cremations, what we offer is what the best of the  small animal crematoriums offer and that's a video or photos of the cremation if its desired. 
Ashes from cremation can be returned in either a scatter bag, or a casket,  or any other suitable container that the owner wishes us to use.
Payment plans for individual equine cremations can be arranged, he also can take most major credit and debit cards to make things as easy as possible.
He is a licensed Slaughterman, Marksman and Dart Gun Operator.

He also does consultancy work advising on the slaughter and handling of animals. He has appeared on the following TV programs: "My life as an animal" where he discussed the euthanasia of horses, "Countryfile" on which he slaughtered Dartmoor Ponies, "Kill it, Cook it, Eat it" on which he slaughtered calves on the farm and "Jimmy and the giant supermarket" which highlighted the wasteful slaughter of Dairy Bull calves.

Based in South Brent, Devon (between Exeter and Plymouth) he covers the majority of the South West (Devon, Cornwall , Somerset, Dorset, etc) but is able to provide costs for a collection from outside this area.