The International Equine Conference will bring together the most notable and influential members of the equine welfare movement to discuss the political, scientific and legal implications of current international equine issues.
Representatives from The Humane Society of the United States and other experts will address such topics as: horse slaughter, horsemeat and food safety, abuse and neglect, the use of performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing, the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse and burro program, the Government Accountability Office’s 2011 report on horse welfare, and equine rescues and sanctuaries.
Other special events during the conference include a banquet dinner, awards ceremony, and screenings of “Saving America’s Horses: A Nation Betrayed” and “Wild Horses and Renegades.” The event is sponsored by Dr. Ann Marini, Equine Welfare Alliance and Animal Law Coalition.
WHO: Presenters include Congressional and state lawmakers, equine cruelty investigators, wildlife scientists, veterinarians, physicians, animal lawyers, advocates, authors, filmmakers and equine rescuers.
Scheduled: U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D – Va.; U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R – K.Y.; Montana state Sen. Dave Wanzenried, D-Missoula; Madeleine Pickens, founder of Saving America’s Mustangs; Sonja Meadows, executive director of Animal’s Angels; Jo Anne Normile, founder of CANTER; Susan Wagner, president and founder of Equine Advocates; and representatives from The Humane Society of the United States
WHAT: Informational sessions, documentary films, and a banquet dinner bringing together the leading experts on international equine issues.
WHERE: Marriott Residence Inn , 1456 Duke Street , Alexandria, Va. 22314-3403
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 26 – Wednesday, Sept. 28
For more information and to register for the conference, go here.
P.S. There is also a rally in D.C. scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25 in support of the humane treatment of horses, as well as one in Santa Monica, Calif. Neither rally was organized by the HSUS, although they are supporters.
D.C. Rally: Noon to 4 p.m., West side of Capitol Building on 1st St.
Santa Monica Rally: Noon to 3 p.m., 3rd Street Promenade, on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and entrance to 3rd Street Promenade.