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The AAEP Announces Unwanted Horse Summit Participants

American Association of Equine Practitioners

Bringing together the equine industry's major organizations for the first time to address the issue of unwanted horses, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will host a one-day Unwanted Horse Summit onTuesday, April 19 during the American Horse Council's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

"This unprecedented level of cooperation demonstrates the sense of urgency and concern the industry has for the plight of the unwanted horse," said Scott Palmer, VMD, 2005 president of the AAEP. "Next month's Summit is designed to be the catalyst for identifying and implementing long-term, practical solutions that elevate the quality of life for these horses."

A broad spectrum of leading industry organizations representing breed groups, sport and discipline organizations, rescue and retirement facilities, veterinary associations, and welfare groups has been confirmed to take part in the April 19 Summit. In addition to the AAEP, participating organizations include:

American Horse Protection Association
American Paint Horse Association
American Quarter Horse Association
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
American Veterinary Medical Association
Appaloosa Horse Club
Bureau of Land Management
Carriage Operators of North America
Day's End Farm Horse Rescue
Hooved Animal Humane Society
Humane Society of the United States
National H.B.P.A.
Oak Tree Racing Association
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
North American Equine Ranching Information Council
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
Standardbred Retirement Foundation
State Horse Council Advisory Committee
The Jockey Club
Thoroughbred Charities of America
Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
United States Department of Agriculture
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
United States Trotting Association

The Summit, which will be a professionally facilitated meeting, will focus on issues such as responsible horse ownership and breeding, long-term care options and affordable and accessible means of humane euthanasia. While participation in the Summit is open only to invited organizations, an educational session on the morning of April 19 will provide an overview of issues affecting the unwanted horse population. This session is open to anyone attending the American Horse Council's annual meeting. A report regarding the Summit's discussion and next steps will be available to the public following the event.

To register for the April 19 educational session, contact the American Horse Council at 202/296-4031. For more information about the Unwanted Horse Summit, contact Sally Baker in the AAEP office at 859/233-0147.