Eight Equine Groups Support AHC's Welfare Code of Practice

Eight equine organizations have signed on in support of the American Horse Council's National Welfare Code of Practice. The Welfare Code outlines in generic terms what it means for an organization to be committed to the responsible breeding, training, care, use, enjoyment, transport, and retirement of horses.

The latest groups to support the National Welfare Code are the Arabian Horse Association, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, League of Agricultural and Equine Centers, Master of Foxhounds Association, Pinto Horse Association of America, The Pyramid Society, United States Dressage Federation, and U.S. Equestrian Drill Team.

They join the 10 other national groups that have already endorsed the Welfare Code: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Endurance Ride Conference, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, National Cutting Horse Association, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, U.S. Equestrian Federation, and U.S. Trotting Association.

"We are pleased with the positive feedback and continued interest we have received from a broad spectrum of equine organizations since the Welfare Code of Practice was announced this past November," said AHC President Jay Hickey.

The code is not intended to replace or pre-empt any activities, rules, or regulations specific to any segment of the industry. Rather it is another indication to the public, the media, federal and state officials, and the horse community that the equine industry "Puts the Horse First."

To view the complete Welfare Code of Practice, visit the AHC website at https://www.horsecouncil.org/newsroom.php/a>.

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