Unwanted Horse Coalition Folded Into American Horse Council

The Unwanted Horse Coalition, which started with an Unwanted Horse Summit during the American Horse Council’s (AHC) annual convention in April 2005, is being folded into the AHC.

"The issue of 'unwanted horses' has faced this industry for some time," said American Horse Council Chairman Nick Nicholson, who is also president of Keeneland Association. "It is an important and challenging national issue that faces all breeds and all activities in the horse world. Putting this initiative under the umbrella of the AHC, which represents all segments of the horse industry, is a natural fit."

The Unwanted Horse Coalition grew out of a workshop that the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) organized as part of the 2005 AHC National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. That meeting, and a summit in Chicago five months later, drew equine and welfare organizations together to discuss the tens of thousands of horses that are unwanted each year and sent to slaughter facilities.

The coalition will be hiring a staff person to run the day-to-day activities of the coalition, and it will launch a web site to provide own-ers with resources about caring for horses and finding new homes for them. For more information see www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?id=7156.

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