The Homes for Horses Coalition Launches Resource-Rich Website

Monday, February 11, 2008

Washington, D.C. -- The Homes for Horses Coalition today launched http://www.homesforhorses.org. The Web site is a resource tool for equine rescue personnel, members of the media, and anyone interested in equine protection efforts.

"We're excited about the launch of our website and what it offers to the rapidly growing body of equine welfare professionals. Our coalition has a great deal of expertise to share with others interested in real equine welfare, from lobbying Congress to end horse slaughter to providing high-quality care to horses in need. This should be a first point of reference for anyone interested in these issues," said Liz Ross, federal policy advisor for the Animal Welfare Institute.

Visitors to the site will find information on a broad range of topics from the basics of operating an equine rescue facility to materials on ending the slaughter of American horses for human consumption abroad. The site will list equine welfare organizations that voluntarily comply with standards approved of by The Homes for Horses Coalition.

"Our cumulative expertise puts The Homes for Horses Coalition in a unique position to advocate for equines from a perspective that puts equine welfare above commercial interests. Now, through our Web site we have the opportunity to share our knowledge with a much larger audience," said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The Humane Society of the United States.

The Homes for Horses Coalition is dedicated to ending horse slaughter and other forms of equine abuse while promoting growth, collaboration and professionalism in the equine rescue and protection community. Founded in 2007, the coalition will hold its annual conference in Washington, D.C. on July 22, 2008.

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Media Contacts:
Liz Ross, AWI, (202) 337-2332

Heather Sullivan, The Humane Society of the United States: 301-548-7778 hsullivan@humanesociety.org

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