Equine Rescue

North American Horse Experts to Present at Equine Advocates 2014 American Equine Summit

CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell to be Keynote Speaker

Wild Horse Freedom Federation‘s VP/Director, Debbie Coffey, to speak and present

Joe BidenCHATHAM, N.Y., April 15, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — The 2014 American Equine Summit, which will feature presentations from some of the most prominent equine experts in North America, will be held on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, NY.  Vice President Joe Biden, who was responsible for adding language defunding horse slaughter to the 2014 Omnibus Bill and signed by President Obama on January 17th, will address the Summit with a special message on video.

The Summit will focus on how the slaughter of American-bred equines can affect human health and food safety here and abroad and the unavoidable liability concerns with respect to those issues.

Jane Velez-MitchellVeteran television news journalist, best-selling author and animal advocate Jane Velez-Mitchell will deliver the Keynote Address. Susan Wagner, host of the invitation-only Summit and President & Founder of Equine Advocates, will open the program.

Presentations on Saturday will cover how legal and logical arguments will ultimately prevail in ending the slaughter of America’s horses, how the recent horse meat scandal in Europe compromised food safety, the need for federal legislation to ban the use of performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing and how animal journalism is covered.

Sunday will be devoted to the complexities involved over the U.S. wild horse and burro populations, opening with a clip from “Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde“, the feature documentary of the rancher, author and conservationist. Other speakers will present on how to humanely manage the U.S. wild horse population, investigations and new information into the BLM’s mismanagement of wild horses and burros, responsible horse guardianship, and why the cruel and inhumane Pregnant Mares’ Urine (PMU) Industry is making a comeback.

Said Susan Wagner, “It was thanks to the gathering of experts at the first American Equine Summit in 2012 and the vision of Victoria McCullough, who used much of their research to create a convincing case, which ultimately led to horse slaughter being defunded in the U.S.  Our efforts are now focused on a permanent ban and ensuring that no equine from the U.S. can be shipped across our borders into Canada or Mexico for the purpose of slaughter.  This could soon be achieved, and we’re hoping to have important news announced at the Summit in support of this goal.”

Susan Wagner and Gandalf Co-founders of Equine Advocates

Visit EquineAdvocates.org for the full 2014 American Equine Summit Schedule.

Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates is a nonprofit equine protection organization based in Chatham, NY. Its mission is to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines through education, investigation, rescue operations, the dissemination of information to the public, and the operation of a horse sanctuary for slaughter-bound, abused and neglected equines. For more information on the American Equine Summit contact info@equineadvocates.org or call 518-245-1599.


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  1. God bless all of you!!!! I am one of thousands that care for the horses welfare & I hope you all will finally get the message across & accepted that “we dont eat our horses..wild or otherwise!!” It is past time that the underhanded ways of the BLM is brought out into the light & possibly stopped or at least made them accountable for all the horses theyve mismanaged & harmed.
    Thank you! thank you!! thank you!!! From the bottom of my heart.


  2. so thankful for you folks that are able to go to meetings and are mobile enough to get around .. being home bound is no fun . my biggest fear is that the blm will use the wild horses to get the e/u to let up off the tainted meat scandel . when i read the safe act are they talking about multi-level trailers but single levels are still going across the borders ? and how can we all be more uniformed as to our capabilities to pull everyone who writes in the comments together in to one group, some of us ask questions in here that go unanswered . somehow we need a more opened conversation where answers are getting out there . will the summit be live streamed and will we be able to call in ? thank-you


    • Hi Cindy and LM. I don’t think the presentations will be live streamed, but I think they will be archived and you can probably find a link to last year’s on the American Equine Summit website. There are many places to learn more. RT Fitch and Debbie Coffey of Wild Horse Freedom Federation try to post up to date news and information on this blog. Wild Horse and Burro Radio is an educational outreach program, and we invite others to share their knowledge. The shows are archived. We’re trying our hardest and doing the best we can, sorry if we don’t always answer all of the questions in the comment section.


      • Thanks Debbie, I also got a note from Susan about how to participate. Maybe I’m pre-empting something that is to be talked about at the Summit, but having read the comments of the other wild horse advocates it seems that the common thread is the desire to create an umbrella organization or a PAC and have a National agenda prioritizing around what is the number one most effective course of action to take; i.e. get the horses out from under the jurisdiction of BLM, or whatever IS to be the game changer. I understand the frustrations “we the wild horse people” have after having written and called our representatives, traveled to rallys, Washington DC, WH&B Advisory mtgs, donated money and adopted and rescued horses. It’s damn hard to keep up with the smoke & mirrors tactics of the BLM and we support and watch our heroic frontline leaders run from one emergency to the next. Some of us in Northern Colorado would like to propose a serious National discussion on how to congeal the “collective conscious” of the WH&B movement into a more formidable, politically aggressive entity. Personally, I believe if the leading organizations were to hand pick a representative, and commit a certain % of their budgets to a PAC the rest of us “out here in the back 40” would dig down and empty our pocketbooks in matching support. Good luck and thanks for representing all of us at the Summit.



    Emery County joins group protesting wild horse and burro over-population
    Joel Hatch approached the Emery County Commissioners to ask for their support of the newly formed Western Rangelands Conservation Association Inc.
    This association is preparing to take the Bureau of Land Management to court for their lack of management of the wild horse and burro population.
    The overpopulation is especially problematic in Kane and Iron counties. Iron County has determined they will take upon themselves to round up the horses and take them to a holding center.


    • What happens if they take them off the public lands… where do they go and will the BLM send in the troops since they would be stealing federal property? Very worrisome they might be disappeared without consequence… at a minimum a response could be to close the US borders to horse export temporarily.


  4. thank you debbie for getting back to us ,don’t you know we love you .rts, susan and the rest of our family that cares about our mutual horses .ya”ll are really doing a great job and hope our canadian partners know we care and join them in their conflicts also !! i have written and called every one i can think of to get in touch with . i’m also telling everyone who will listen about the fight we are in ,what we are up against. about the slaughter ,every other horse issue as it all leads back to the house . and the medical community about the drug line, too. but like everyone here wish could be doing more ,maybe some suggestions that are within my limitation that i could be doing . arlene and i want to bust the horses out of holding but not too stealthy, they would probably track me down as i’m not real fast . give me something to do!!!! hey good news since i wrote on the general hospital facebook page they haven’t had a premiran ? commercial on tv .. so that is good right.


    • Bravo Cindy! Keep swinging. I think we are all in the same situation, trying to make a difference yet not being sure anything is effective. The only thing certain is that if we are quiet the horses will disappear. Like water, we have to seek the path that is open for each of us to build a forceful flood. I will be on my local college campus tomorrow talking about wild horses because it is something within reach… and I’ve got handouts made with the Senate and House bills in play which concern them. You might be able to do something similar in any local clubs or organizations or libraries… I don’t ask people to take my views I simply lay out the facts and then let them reach their own conclusions about how they feel about them, and I hope they will pressure their elected officials to move or take positions on pending legislation. This is how our system is supposed to work at least. Thanks for your good energies.

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  5. Required reading for Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and any other entity that intends to “CAPTURE, BRAND or HARRASS” Federally Protected Wild Horses or Burros.

    Click to access theact.pdf



  6. The meat and potatoes:

    §1338. Criminal provisions

    (a) Violations; penalties; trial.

    Any person who-
    (1) willfully removes or attempts to remove a wild free-roaming horse or burro from the public lands, without authority from the Secretary, or
    (2) converts a wild free-roaming horse or burro to private use, without authority from the Secretary, or
    (3) maliciously causes the death or harassment of any wild free-roaming horse or burro, or
    (4) except as provided in section 1333 (e), processes or permits to be processed into commercial products the remains of a wild free-roaming horse or burro, or
    (5) sells, directly or indirectly, a wild free-roaming horse or burro maintained on private or leased land pursuant to section 1334 of this Act, or the remains thereof, or
    (6) willfully violates a regulation issued pursuant to this Act, shall be subject to a fine of not more than $2,000, or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. Any person so charged with such violation by the Secretary may be tried and sentenced by any United States commissioner or magistrate designated for that purpose by the court by which he was appointed, in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as provided for in section 3401, title 18.
    (b) Arrest; appearance for examination or trial; warrants; issuance and execution.
    Any employee designated by the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture shall have power, without warrant, to arrest any person committing in the presence of such employee a violation of this Act or any regulation made pursuant thereto, and to take such person immediately for examination or trial before an officer or court of competent jurisdiction, and shall have power to execute any warrant or other process issued by an officer or court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this Act or regulations made pursuant thereto. Any judge of a court established under the laws of the United States, or any United States magistrate may, within his respective jurisdiction, upon proper oath or affirmation showing probable cause, issue warrants in all such cases.


    • Ida, great information. Maybe this is something we, the people can get onto… the fine of $2,000 is an insult, someone could take 50 or so horses and still find that fine a bargain.

      Maybe we can agitate for stiffer fines, like $1,000,000 per horse or somesuch, as is common in plain old everyday household liability insurance polices and basic equine activities coverage.

      Anyone know how we could go about this? As others have managed to modify the WHB ACT we should be able to as well.


      • Yes, it’s not much is it – but at least, in theory anyway, unauthorized roundups can be stopped. Rumor has it that the BLM has brutalized Mr. Bundy’s cattle similar to the way they do when the round up the wild horses. Let’s see if the rumor is true.


      • Yes, he was paid to remove a bunch of wild horses from the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge last year… most of whom promptly disappeared. As I recall they paid him about $1,000 a horse after they had rounded them up, and he hauled them to Missouri, there were some photos taken there of horses being hauled away from there in truckloads.

        Did anyone get video of the helicopters chasing Mr. Bundy’s pregnant cows?


  7. Equine Advocates
    20 hours ago
    We would like to thank our amazing speakers and experts for coming together for such an informative and powerful weekend. We would also like to thank organizations such as the ASPCA, PETA, The Equine Welfare Alliance, and NYSHA for coming out to share their expertise and support. This was truly inspirational. We will have more information to add in the next few days and all video presentations will be available online shortly.


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