Veterinarians for Equine Welfare Launch New Web Site

A group of veterinarians has created an organization and Web site called Veterinarians for Equine Welfare (VEW) to express their beliefs concerning horse slaughter and the veterinary industry.

VEW consulted with representatives of the horse industry, the field of equine rescue, and the humane community to respond to their concerns, with the goal of facilitating a dialog that will improve quality of life for all horses.

"As a veterinarian, my first concern is for the health and well-being of my patients, which come from all walks of equine life. They represent the spectrum from equine royalty to wild horses," said VEW Founding Executive Committee Member Nena Winand, DVM, PhD. "I support VEW and the dialog it has engendered, because I believe it will truly strengthen our ability to improve the life-quality of all of our patients."

The coalition recently launched as a resource to educate other veterinarians, animal health professionals, and horse owners about the options available for day-to-day proper treatment of horses, and to provide humane information and options to those who can no longer care for--or must end the lives of--their horses.

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