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The HSUS Comments on New Horse Welfare Code

Group Urges Meaningful Action

The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, released a statement regarding the recent endorsement of a national welfare code of practice for the horse industry. Drafted by the American Horse Council and endorsed by several major horse industry groups, the welfare code offers generic guidelines for responsible breeding, training and care of horses.

"The Humane Society of the United States is encouraged that these horse industry groups have endorsed a code of practice to better ensure the safety and welfare of the horses from which many of their members make a livelihood," said Holly Hazard, The HSUS's chief innovations officer. "In all equestrian pursuits, it is paramount that the welfare of the horse take precedence over the goals and desires of breeders, trainers, owners, competitors and other industry stakeholders.

"We are hopeful that this code of practice will translate into meaningful action to address some of the most pressing welfare problems facing the horse industry today, such as: over-breeding; the slaughter of American horses for human consumption; the use of drugs for non-therapeutic purposes in racing and other competitions; and the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses."


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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org. 

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