Director, Equine Protection
As Director of Equine Protection for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Keith Dane oversees the domestic horse welfare programs for the nation's largest animal welfare organization. Those efforts include a nationwide campaign to end the slaughter of America's horses in the United States and abroad. Dane also directs The HSUS' horse owner education program; works to end equine cruelty and neglect; manages programs to secure the welfare of horses used in sport, work and racing; and the rehoming of America's at-risk and homeless horses.
Prior to joining HSUS, Dane served as executive director of Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH), an organization established to eliminate cruelties in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. He served as FOSH's liaison to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its certified inspection program under the Horse Protection Act. Also while at FOSH, he worked with other animal protection groups on efforts to end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption.
Dane has been working to protect horses for more than 25 years. He is a horseman who has owned, showed, bred and trained horses for most of his life. He is also a licensed judge with many gaited breed organizations and co-founded of one of the first show circuits for the sound gaited horse community, which was created as an alternative to the "Big Lick" shows that can involve cruelty in training.
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