US vice-president Joe Biden is to address delegates to the 2014 American Equine Summit later this month by video.
Biden was responsible for adding language defunding horse slaughter to the 2014 Omnibus Bill and signed by President Obama on January 17.
The summit is on Saturday April 26 and Sunda, April 27 Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, New York.
It will focus on how the slaughter of American-bred equines can affect human health and food safety there and abroad and the unavoidable liability concerns with respect to those issues.
Veteran television news journalist, best-selling author and animal advocate Jane Velez-Mitchell will deliver the Keynote Address. Susan Wagner, host of the invitation-only Summit and President & Founder of Equine Advocates, will open the program.
Presentations on Saturday will cover how legal and logical arguments will ultimately prevail in ending the slaughter of America’s horses, how the recent horse meat scandal in Europe compromised food safety, the need for federal legislation to ban the use of performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing and how animal journalism is covered.
Sunday will be devoted to the complexities involved over the US wild horse and burro populations, opening with a clip from Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde, the feature documentary of the rancher, author and conservationist. Other speakers will present on how to humanely manage the U.S. wild horse population, investigations and new information into the BLM’s mismanagement of wild horses and burros, responsible horse guardianship, and why the cruel and inhumane Pregnant Mares’ Urine (PMU) Industry is making a comeback.
Susan Wagner said it was thanks to the gathering of experts at the first American Equine Summit in 2012 and the vision of Victoria McCullough, who used much of their research to create a convincing case, which ultimately led to horse slaughter being defunded in the US.
“Our efforts are now focused on a permanent ban and ensuring that no equine from the U.S. can be shipped across our borders into Canada or Mexico for the purpose of slaughter. This could soon be achieved, and we’re hoping to have important news announced at the Summit in support of this goal.”