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International Conference on Equine Welfare scheduled for September 26-28 in Virginia

Advocates for wild horses and burros, opponents of horse slaughter and others concerned with equine welfare will meet in Alexandria, Va. next month for the first annual International Conference on Equine Welfare.



The conference is co-sponsored by the Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA), Animal Law Coalition (ALC) and EWA member and Professor of Neurology Dr. Ann Marini.



The central issues to be discussed at the conference are America’s wild horses and burros and the equine welfare, humane health and environmental implications of horse slaughter. The sponsoring organizations are both opposed to horse slaughter and critical of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro round-ups.

Current conference presenters include:

  • Alex Brown, AlexBrownRacing.com
  • Keith Dane and Stephanie Boyles, Humane Society of the United States
  • Shelley Grainger, Canadian Horse Defence Coalition
  • Jacque Schultz and Nancy Perry, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Paula Bacon, former mayor of Kaufman, Texas, where the Dallas Crown equine slaughter plant was located
  • Michael Blowen, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D-LA)
  • Henry Skjerven, former director at Natural Valley Meats, a Canadian horse slaughter facility
  • Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation
  • Madeleine Pickens, Saving America’s Mustangs

Registration is currently open. The cost is $75/day or $150 for the full, three-day conference. Students an attend for $40/day or $75 for all three days.

For more information, visit the International Equine Conference webpage.

Further Reading
How Humane is Horse Slaughter?

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  • I'd definitely like to see how this goes. And I'm really glad they're making these annual, there are to many important matters to not have meetings. :)

  • I'm glad there will be knowledged people there and one's who have had experience in the now extint, horse slaughter facilities. I do hope our BLM and our elected officials takes to heart all that is said.

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