Pro-horse advocates from across North America rode into Las Vegas for an intensive weekend of sharing, learning, strategizing and brainstorming on the future welfare of America’s iconic horses, donkeys and mules at the second annual International Equine Conference hosted by the Equine Welfare Alliance on Saturday.
Noted equine experts in the areas of advocating, veterinarian medicine, legal, legislation and food safety kicked off the the first day of the gathering before a sold out crowd at the UNLV campus.
Advocates and leaders in many equestrian disciplines are combining forces in an effort to thwart special interest special interest groups who have made efforts to slaughter horses for human consumption abroad and to eradicate wild horses and burros from their rightful lands.
“The intent of this conference is to give equine advocates a qualified ‘toolkit’”, said R.T. Fitch, volunteer president of Wild Horse Freedom Federation and co-moderator of the event, “so that groups and individuals can share the facts and the truth on issues involving equine welfare with family, friends, community and local news agencies when they return home.”
“Many great ideas were hatched in last year’s session”, stated Vicki Tobin, VP of Equine Welfare Alliance, “and those same concepts grew to fruition and have made notable strides forward in improving the welfare of horses and burros over the past year.”
“We hope to ramp up the momentum and hatch a few more great strategies during this session”‘ she continued.
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)