Saturday, March 31, 2012

Experts Calling for Horse Slaughter Ban Unite at 2012 American Equine Summit

CHATHAM, N.Y., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Horse experts from across the country will converge on Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, NY for the 2012 American Equine Summit on Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1st with one objective -- to reverse the damage done by Congress in Nov. 2011 by mobilizing an effective grassroots movement to end the slaughter of America's horses in the US and abroad. 

The attendees will be comprised of press, lawmakers and those involved with equine welfare and the horse industry. Interested parties are encouraged to "like" Equine Advocates on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @EquineAdvocates, and for live updates during the Summit, use the following hash tag: #AES2012. 

"It's just plain wrong when lobbies for the Agriculture and Quarter Horse industries can influence members of Congress to supersede the will of the more than 80% of Americans who want a federal ban on horse slaughter," said Susan Wagner, President of Equine Advocates. "The 'eighty percenters' deserve to be heard. Instead, lawmakers controlled by special interests prevailed and gave horse slaughter proponents exactly what they wanted. It's not only egregious, it's downright un-American." 

The Summit will be opened by legendary concert promoter and horse lover, Ron Delsener. Two new speakers have been added - Dr. Caroline Betts, who will discuss the discrepancies in the 2011 GAO report on the closings of horse slaughterhouses in the US, and former US Congressman John Sweeney (R-NY), who was the primary sponsor for the successful passage of H.R. 503, the House version of the 2006 American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. 

Other speakers include Cathleen Doyle, former head of the California Equine Council and Save the Horses, John Holland, President Equine Welfare Alliance, Dr. Kraig J. Kulikowski, D.V.M., Katia Louise, director of the film, "Saving America's Horses," Victoria McCullough who helped pass Florida's "Equine Protection Act of 2010," Jo Anne Normile of Saving Baby Equine Charity and founder of CANTER and Paula Bacon, former Mayor of Kaufman, Texas who led the fight to close Dallas Crown, a horse slaughterhouse operating in Kaufman.

Said Bacon, "I believe a horse slaughter plant is among the very least desirable things a community would want. It ranks with a lead smelter plant and strip clubs, the dead opposite of economic development. A horse slaughter plant creates big, expensive environmental problems for taxpayers and stigmatizes the community as 'that place where they slaughter horses' -- and good development goes elsewhere." 

States currently trying to revive and reopen horse slaughter plants include Oregon, Missouri and Tennessee.
Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates is a non-profit equine protection organization and Horse Sanctuary based in Chatham, NY. Its mission is to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines, especially through banning the slaughter of American horses, through education, investigation, rescue operations and public education. 
Email or call 518-245-1599 for more information.

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES comes to the Heart of America

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES comes to the Heart of America

Please join Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) in bringing attention to the need for equine protection as Saving America's Horses – A Nation Betrayed premiers to viewers in the heart of America: Kansas City, MO. The film is scheduled to show at AMC Theatres KC Film Festival as part of the US/International Documentary Jubilee Showcase on Sunday, April 15th. The screening comes at a pivotal time for our horses and marks an opportunity for a large-scale exposure to the un-whitewashed truth.

You can lend your voice to help the horses by sponsoring the screening of "Saving America's Horses" in Kansas City, MO.

SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES will be showing in MO, at the AMC Kansas City Film Festival on Sunday, April 15th at 2:45PM.

With your sponsorship support we can put this issue on screen with a 20 second commercial to play at the top of all the movies in the AMC KC Film Fest for every movie goer to see. Plus depending on the level of sponsorship, your business logo can be displayed on both the AMC Film Festival and Saving America’s Horses websites; and your business name could be included in the on screen film credits in time for the public release.

Your donation will support the Filmmaker Q&A following the screening with Katia Louise, Paula Bacon, former mayor or Kaufman, TX, and Dr Lester Friedlander, DVM, former Chief USDA Inspector. Strong attendance at the KC Film Festival screening will help make our goal of public release and distribution possible; however, your support is equally appreciated in the form of whatever donation you can make to help cover screening expenses.

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is a powerhouse narrative. It takes in every aspect and tells its story with intelligence and a deep-running composure.” —Paula Bacon, former Mayor Kaufman TX

Help bring more attention to the horses at the Kansas City Film Festival! Donations are tax deductible and can be made in any amount on line or by mail.

“SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is thorough in exploring the systemic corruption that has left virtually worthless those laws such as the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which are supposed to protect horses.” — Laura Allen, Animal Law Coalition

ACT NOW to receive sponsor visibility on SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES promotional materials such as Posters, Brochures, Postcards and Banners at this special screening.

Sponsorship packages with YOUR BUSINESS/ ORGANIZATION LOGO begin at $500, and can include exposure for YOUR organization through SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES Posters, Postcards, Billboards, the film website and even on-screen exposure in time for public release.

ACT NOW to receive sponsor visibility for this event and beyond.

Your generous donation in any amount will help bring attention to the horses.

Donations can be made in any amount and on screen credits for individuals begin with a donation of $100.

Signups are open for volunteers who would like to help out at the SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES booth at the festival.

If you find that you are not in a position to donate right now, there is still something you can do to help the horses: share this story and network it amongst your colleagues so we can ensure a great turnout for the KC Film Festival.

Thank you for your continued support on behalf of the horses.

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Saving America’s Horses is an educational project under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501c3 volunteer based charity, dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving equines. Donations are tax deductible.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

15 Things to Know about Horse Slaughter

Wild for Life Foundation is pleased to announce an all new info-graphic for the Saving America's Horses Initiative. The Team at Saving America's Horses worked together with an anonymous design team to compile the 15 most important things to know about horse slaughter, and an anonymous donor contributed the resources for the visually stimulating and cohesive design.

"It's the "data viz" as the cool kids call it and we hope to see it go viral", says Katia Louise, Director, Saving America's Horses. "15 Things to know about Horse Slaughter" puts the data that people need to know in an easy to understand way with visual displays that can be seen rather than read."

The eye catching tool can be linked and posted on to Facebook straight from the SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES movie site so that social networking groups can share it far and wide.

"Special interest groups are pushing to reopen slaughter plants across the country... There is no over-population or surplus of horses that must be dealt with via slaughter... 80% of Americans polled oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption...  Slaughter plants caused horrific environmental problems in the communities where they were located..."

Check it out now!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Prominent Equine Attorney Bing Bush, Jr. Named Good Will Ambassador to SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES

Prominent Equine Attorney Bing Bush, Jr. Named Good Will Ambassador to SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES
News Release | March 6, 2012

Bing Bush, Jr., one of the Thoroughbred industry’s most prominent and well respected equine attorneys, has been named a Good Will Ambassador to WFLF’s SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES, the nation’s voice for the protection of equines from cruelty. In accepting this prestigious position, Bing Bush, Jr. will be seeking to raise awareness as a voice from within the equine community.

"I have been involved with horses and also in the thoroughbred racing industry nearly all my life. I have likewise been involved with several organizations that provide homes for thoroughbreds after the end of their racing careers. Yet the film, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES was a sobering wake up call to the need for all horsemen and horsewomen to do more to ensure that our beloved horses are protected. I urge the leaders in the Thoroughbred industry to set an example for the rest of the industry to actively get behind SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES, and support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act." — Bing Bush Jr., equine attorney

“We are honored to welcome and recognize Bing Bush, Jr. for his passionate and invaluable support for SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES. As a Good Will Ambassador Bing’s voice will undoubtedly speak to the heart of the Thoroughbred industry and give strength to a more united effort in the protection of America's horses from gruesome slaughter,” said Katia Louise, President of WFLF’s Saving America’s Horses Initiative.

Bing Bush, Jr. was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and from a very young age was an active participant in 4-H, Pony Club and Hunter and Jumper Shows. He subsequently broke yearlings at local Lexington horse farms; both galloped and trained racehorses; and has worked in numerous organizations in the equine industry. With offices both in Del Mar, California and also in Lexington, Kentucky, Bush, Jr. represents players in the equine world from consortiums of owners to jockeys, trainers, investors and others, both nationally and internationally.

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is a landmark documentary film that examines the arguments made by both the proponents and opponents of horse slaughter; bringing forth the un-whitewashed truth.The Saving America’s Horses Initiative is a consortium of equine professionals dedicated through education and leadership, to educate the public and raise awareness for responsible equine ownership and the protection of equines from cruelty. Learn more>>

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Saving America’s Horses is an educational film project under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving equines. Donations are tax deductible.