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Leading Horse Welfare Experts Gather for International Conference

Sept. 26–28 gathering will address cruelty, slaughter, and the treatment of America’s wild horses and burros

  • If you care about how horses are treated in the U.S., come to the International Equine Conference, September 26–28. The HSUS

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 HSUS and other experts will address such topics as horse slaughter, horse meat 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, the Equine Welfare Alliance, and the Animal Law Coalition.

Conference specifics

Where: Marriott Residence Inn
1456 Duke Street
Alexandria, Va. 22314-3403

When: Monday, Sept. 26–Wednesday, Sept. 28

Who will speak: Presenters include congressional and state lawmakers, equine cruelty investigators, wildlife scientists, veterinarians, physicians, animal lawyers, advocates, authors, filmmakers, and equine rescuers.

Scheduled to attend: U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va.; U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky; Montana state Sen. Dave Wanzenried; 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 you'll find: Informational sessions, documentary films, and a banquet dinner bringing together the leading experts on international equine issues

For more information and to register for the conference, go to the Equine Welfare Alliance site.


On Sunday, Sept. 25, The Unified Stand for Horses & Burros, Wild & Domestic rally will be held from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the west side of Capitol Building on 1st St. NW., Washington, D.C.

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