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For Immediate Release: March 22, 2012
Contact: Simone Netherlands, Director of Respect4Horses, (928) 925-7212
Horse Welfare Conference to Counter Horse Slaughter Conference
Is Horse Slaughter Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?
Oklahoma City, OK. (R4H) – Equine advocates from across the nation will participate in a press conference and live webcast, the Summit of the Live Horse, aired from Oklahoma City on 04/03/2012 to address the explosive issues surrounding Horse Slaughter and Wild Horses and Burros.
The Summit of the Live Horse Press Conference
Holiday Inn, Will Rogers Airport
4401 SW 15th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
12 – 1PM CDT
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Late last year, three lawmakers in Washington, D.C. (Rep. Kingston, Sen. Blunt and Sen. Kohl), legalized Horse Slaughter in the U.S. by removing language from an Agriculture Appropriations bill, which had prohibited federal funds from being spent to inspect horse slaughter plants. President Obama signed the bill into law, and in doing so ignited a heated anti/pro-horse debate, which crosses all of the socio-economic demographics of the U.S.
While last year two conferences representing opposing sides of the coin took place in Las Vegas, this year’s Equine battleground is set to play out in Oklahoma City no farther than one city block away from each other.
In many states including Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Montana, Washington and Oregon, the horse slaughter faction is beginning to lay the groundwork to open horse slaughter plants to provide horse meat for human consumption. In several states, legislators are sponsoring bills that would turn their respective states into hospitable environments for foreign investors to open horse slaughtering operations by affording them potential tax incentives and by violating U.S. citizen’s First Amendment rights by sheltering the horse slaughter business from lawsuits.
“Any responsible horse owner, as well as any concerned tax payer, should be petrified about what could happen next”, says Simone Netherlands, Director of Respect4Horses and also the organizer of the Summit of the Live Horse Press Conference.
This press conference will bring directors and equine experts from the largest animal and horse welfare organizations together as one united voice for the future welfare of the American Horse, both domestic and wild. Participants include, but not limited to, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Cloud Foundation, Respect4Horses, Animal Rescue Unit and Wild Horse Freedom Federation.
Will horse slaughter be coming to your neighborhood? Do we need horse slaughter in America? Can horse slaughter be made humane? Is horsemeat toxic? Does horse slaughter solve abuse and neglect? Does horse slaughter encourage over breeding? Will our wild horses be slaughtered? Will it stop horse slaughter across our borders?