Architects of U.S. Horse Slaughter Ban to Address Invitation-Only Crowd with Special Video Message from Vice President Joe Biden
CHATHAM, N.Y., March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The 2014 American Equine Summit, which will feature presentations from some of the most prominent equine experts in the nation, will take place on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuaryin Chatham, NY. Veteran television news journalistJane Velez-Mitchell will make a personal appearance to deliver the Keynote Address. Vice President Joe Biden will also help to kick off the event with a special video message about horses.
“The 2012 Summit became the catalyst for a series of life-altering developments for America’s horses which would not have happened otherwise,” said Equine Advocates President Susan Wagner. “I invited a group of experts to present new ideas for how to stopthe slaughter of America’s equines. Speaker Victoria McCullough announced that she would use information from the studies presented at thatSummit to build a case against horse slaughter – ultimately leading to a ban.”
In less than two years, McCullough, an international equestrian, philanthropist and owner of Chesapeake Petroleum, had met with the Vice President, the Secretary of Agriculture and other members of the executive branch. The end result was the insertion of language to the 2014 Omnibus Bill by Vice President Biden to defund horse slaughter in the United States. President Obama signed it into law on January 17th.
“For the first time since the historic California State Initiative banning horse slaughter passed in 1998, I feel that the will of the vast majority of Americans to permanently end the slaughter of our wild and domestic equines is within reach. I am so proud that our Summit played a small role in this. We look forward to a future where equines from the U.S. are also prohibited from being shipped across our borders into Canada or Mexico for the purpose of slaughter.”
The full roster of speakers for the 2014 American Equine Summit includes:
Jane Velez Mitchell – Keynote Address
The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Vice President of the United States – Special Video Appearance
Susan Wagner, President and Founder of Equine Advocates
Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates is a nonprofit equine protection organization based in Chatham, NY. Its mission is to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines through education, investigation, rescue operations, the dissemination of information to the public and through the operation of a horse sanctuary for slaughter-bound, abused and neglected equines. For more information on the American Equine Summit contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-245-1599.
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.)