A group of horsemen and -women and agriculture industry activists are meeting at Southpoint Casino in Las Vegas this week to discuss wild horse management and domestic horse slaughter in the inaugural Summit of the Horse, organized by United Organizations of the Horse.
The opening keynote, “The Politics of Land and Horses,” will be given by retired U.S. Congressman and horse meat industry lobbyist Charlie Stenholm (D-TX) on Tuesday morning. This will be followed by a forum discussion of horse industry professionals on restoring the horse industry in the United States.
The Wednesday afternoon session opens with a speech by Dr. Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who has advanced the welfare of cattle and other meat animals. Grandin’s session will be followed by a panel discussion on reviving American horse slaughter. Speakers in this panel include former Senator Ed Butcher of Montana and Representative Sue Wallis of Wyoming. Both legislators have worked to bring horse slaughter to their home states, and Wallis is one of the organizers of the Summit.
On the topic of wild horse management, Bob Abbey, BLM Director, will discuss sustainable solutions for the wild horse and burro program. Forums on how wild horses and current mustang programs affect western ranchers and the horse industry as a whole will follow. Currently, the BLM does not slaughter or sell for slaughter any of the mustangs gathered in its roundups, but opening that option is one of the goals of the United Organizations of the Horse.
Other topics scheduled for the Summit include the perceived threat of animal rights organizations and the affect of the American horse slaughter ban on the Canadian and Mexican horse industries.
View the full schedule of events and biographies of featured speakers at www.united-horsemen.org/summit-of-the-horse