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Summit of the Horse convention held in 

Las Vegas

 

February 2011 Issue  

     Representatives of the horse industry from the U.S. , Canada and Mexico , Western Indian tribes, and animal scientists, wildlife experts, the BLM, and others, met January 3–6, 2011, in Las Vegas to discuss problems and possible solutions to horse overpopulation and economic problems in the industry.

     According to Dave Duquette, a Quarter Horse trainer, breeder and competitor in Oregon, and President of United Horsemen, the sponsoring organization for the Summit of the Horse, “the primary purpose of the convention was to build impetus and a coalition of horse industry and various other interested organizations to put pressure on state and national legislatures to change laws concerning horse processing and the overpopulation of feral and wild horses on public and private lands.

     “We are building an alliance that will be able to effect a lot of change,” says Duquette. “Organizations like National Wildlife Federation; the Public Lands Council and conservation groups are recognizing the problem [on public lands] and coming on board.”

     Featured speakers at Summit of the Horse included representatives from the Bureau of Land Management; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; American Humane; National Wildlife Federation; California Horse Council; Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada; American Horse Council; World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses – Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association; Northwest Tribal Horse Coalition; Paragon Foundation; Cavalry Group; and Dr. Temple Grandin.

 

Topics included

·        ---- The politics of land and horses

·        ---- Steps necessary to restore lost value and normal markets

·       ----  Healthy Lands/Healthy Horses – Controlling excess and unwanted feral horses on state, tribal and private lands

·      ----   Protecting horseback cultures and livelihoods — countering animal rights activists; protecting grazing and other rights

·      ----   Humane and economically viable options for slaughter/processing of horses

·      ----   According to a press release from United Horsemen, more than 200 people attended the conference, which was also available through live-streaming webcast on the internet to about another 800 “unique viewers.”

 

     There are three related organizations working together on planning, publicizing, and implementing the goals set at the Summit :

United Organization of the Horse is a non-profit formed to “restore humane and regulated horse slaughter in the U.S. , and control overpopulation of wild and feral horses.”

 

United Horsemen is a non-profit that was formed to “educate and implement humane solutions to the excess horse problem.”

 

Unified Equine is a corporation (with the majority of stock to be held by United Horsemen) formed to build and run a horse processing plant in Wyoming .

 

     Sue Wallis, Wyoming Legislator, Director of United Organization of the Horse; Vice President of United Horsemen, and a founder of Unified Equine, says that the Summit of the Horse accomplished what it set out to.

     “Primarily, we had a general agreement among participants to form a coalition to move forward for a solution to anti-horse processing laws and feral horse problems.”

     Wallis says that they are ready to do that now.

            To receive updates and alerts from United Horsemen, subscribe to the newsfeed at united-horsemen.org or SummitoftheHorse.org.

 

 

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