BACKGROUND | SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES – A NATION BETRAYED Filmmaker Katia Louise masterfully presents a passionate reverence for all animals in her international award winning film, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES – A NATION BETRAYED. This landmark feature documentary film explores the human-animal bond of horse and man through an illuminating humanitarian lens. SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES – A NATION BETRAYED is an intelligent and hard hitting exposé that reveals how the public has been misled by government agencies and corporate interests that run over the laws that are supposed to protect the horses, the environment and people. Wild horses that once roamed America’s open rangelands are being eliminated by the Bureau of Land Management, despite existing federal laws that were passed with overwhelming support by the public. 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption, yet it cost the American tax payers at least $5,000,000 (MILLION) in taxpayer dollars every year to subsidize foreign-owned horse slaughter plants. Clever marketing campaigns boast economic benefits at the state and local levels; however documented evidence clearly illustrates a long history of horrific environmental and economic impacts resulting where horse slaughterhouses once operated. A glut of articles based on flawed evidence, has duped many to believe that horse slaughter is necessary; worse, to further believe that it’s humane despite substantial and ongoing government reports of egregious cruelty violations within the U.S. Many of the substances administered to U.S. horses are known to be lethal when consumed by humans, yet horsemeat from America’s horse is sold as a delicacy in several foreign countries. Aftercare programs for U.S. racehorses benefit a small fraction of Thoroughbreds, but published government data confirm the majority are quietly slipped away for barbaric slaughter. Viewers venture across the nation’s sweeping landscapes to witness the magnificence, power and free spirit of one of America’s most treasured icons, the horse. Audiences rediscover the relationship we share with these animals through following the life of a champion racehorse. With an up close look at the America’s wild horses, we get a glimpse of the controversial world of wild equines in captivity and the government elimination process that threatens their very survival in the wild. This compelling and passion driven film concludes with an awe inspiring presentation of empowering alternatives and solutions for change.
Celebrity appearances include Paul Sorvino, Michael Blake, Tippi Hedren, Linda Gray, Willie Nelson, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the Barbi Twins, Ken Wahl and more! Experts from the equine industry include Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Nick Zito, World Renowned Wild Horse and Thoroughbred Trainer Monty Roberts, plus appearances by expert veterinarians Nicholas Dodman, Nena Winand and more!