North American Experts to Present at Equine Advocates 2015 Horse Summit

Press Release from Equine Advocates

Gloria Steinem to Welcome Invitation-Only Audience with Letter Calling for PMU Ban

EquineAdvocatesCHATHAM, N.Y., May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The fourth annual 2015 American Equine Summit will be held on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. Horse slaughter; the transfer of PMU (pregnant mares’ urine) production to China; alternatives to ERT/HRT drugs made from horse urine; and wild horse and sporting horse issues highlight this year’s Summit. Featuring presentations from highly respected equine and medical experts in North America, the Summit includes a statement by famed writer and political activist Gloria Steinem calling for an end to the 73 year-old PMU industry.

“I want to thank you for helping to alert the public to the dangers — to horses as well as to women – that have come with the use of pregnant mares’ urine as a source of human treatment,” Steinem wrote.

A preview of the new film, “One Day,” by Victoria Racimo about the rescue of 1977 Thoroughbred champion Our Mims promises an emotional conclusion to Saturday’s schedule.

The Summit, which will be held at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary (www.equineadvocates.org) in Chatham, N.Y., was first held in 2012 in response to the threat of horse slaughter returning to the US.  A meeting between Summit presenter, equestrian and philanthropist Victoria McCullough, and Vice President Joe Biden resulted in Biden adding language to the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act to defund horse meat inspectors.

A 2010 toxicology report (http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/Food_and_Chemical_Toxicology_FINAL.pdf ) proved that individuals who consumed the meat of equines treated with the common anti-inflammatory drug Phenylbutazone could be at risk for life-threatening diseases. “The 2010 report and other studies about toxicity in horse meat changed the way our government and the EU view the slaughter of American-bred equines for food,” said Equine Advocates President, Susan Wagner. “It’s not only unethical, it also poses serious risks to human health and food safety.”

Presenters for the 2015 American Equine Summit include (in alphabetical order):

  • Paula Bacon, former Mayor of Kaufman, Texas  – Keynote
  • Alex Brown, Horseman and Author
  • Vicki Burns, Conservationist and Animal Advocate, formerly of Winnipeg Humane Society
  • Holly Cheever, D.V.M., Award-winning Large and Small Animal Veterinarian
  • John Holland, Equine Welfare Alliance
  • Russ Mead, Esq., Animal Law Coalition
  • Victoria Racimo, Filmmaker, President of Palomino Entertainment Group
  • Jerilynn C. Prior, MD FRCPC, Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research, University of British Columbia
  • Loni Stewart, Canadian Horse Defence (sic) Coalition
  • Susan Wagner, Equine Advocates
  • Carol Walker, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
  • TanNa Young, Coordinating Producer, CBS’s “The Good Wife,” Filmmaker

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

12 comments on “North American Experts to Present at Equine Advocates 2015 Horse Summit

    • And probably the worst, most cruel thing of all is there are many alternatives to drugs made from PMU – there is no need to make an animal suffer in this way except for the fact that we can and our sense of entitlement. Just say no to animal abuse and animal cruelty!

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  1. Call me crazy, but couldn’t we give (minimum necessary doses of Bute to ALL horses on the planet? Would this end horse slaughter for meat?

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  2. Glad to hear this animal welfare “meeting of the minds” is going to happen again. I watched all the youtube videos from the last meeting and I truly appreciate these dedicated people and their willingness to educate others. Thank you.

    I think this link should take you to the videos of last year’s summit – well worth watching.

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  3. The above link apparently takes you to all 13 videos but here is the one of one of my favorite people, John Holland:

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  4. I live in CT and my parents are thinking about possibly visiting my grandparents in NY later this month. Maybe I can talk about us stoping in Chatham if we decide to do so. 🙂

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    • Hi Starry, I’m sure Susan and Karen Wagner would be happy to show you the sanctuary if you call ahead of time. All of the presentations will be online for everyone to see after the conference.

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