Experts Calling for Horse Slaughter Ban Unite at 2012 American Equine Summit

CHATHAM, N.Y., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Horse experts from across the country will converge on Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, NY for the 2012 American Equine Summit on Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1st with one objective -- to reverse the damage done by Congress in Nov. 2011 by mobilizing an effective grassroots movement to end the slaughter of America's horses in the US and abroad. 

The attendees will be comprised of press, lawmakers and those involved with equine welfare and the horse industry. Interested parties are encouraged to "like" Equine Advocates on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @EquineAdvocates, and for live updates during the Summit, use the following hash tag: #AES2012. 

"It's just plain wrong when lobbies for the Agriculture and Quarter Horse industries can influence members of Congress to supersede the will of the more than 80% of Americans who want a federal ban on horse slaughter," said Susan Wagner, President of Equine Advocates. "The 'eighty percenters' deserve to be heard. Instead, lawmakers controlled by special interests prevailed and gave horse slaughter proponents exactly what they wanted. It's not only egregious, it's downright un-American." 

The Summit will be opened by legendary concert promoter and horse lover, Ron Delsener. Two new speakers have been added - Dr. Caroline Betts, who will discuss the discrepancies in the 2011 GAO report on the closings of horse slaughterhouses in the US, and former US Congressman John Sweeney (R-NY), who was the primary sponsor for the successful passage of H.R. 503, the House version of the 2006 American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. 

Other speakers include Cathleen Doyle, former head of the California Equine Council and Save the Horses, John Holland, President Equine Welfare Alliance, Dr. Kraig J. Kulikowski, D.V.M., Katia Louise, director of the film, "Saving America's Horses," Victoria McCullough who helped pass Florida's "Equine Protection Act of 2010," Jo Anne Normile of Saving Baby Equine Charity and founder of CANTER and Paula Bacon, former Mayor of Kaufman, Texas who led the fight to close Dallas Crown, a horse slaughterhouse operating in Kaufman.

Said Bacon, "I believe a horse slaughter plant is among the very least desirable things a community would want. It ranks with a lead smelter plant and strip clubs, the dead opposite of economic development. A horse slaughter plant creates big, expensive environmental problems for taxpayers and stigmatizes the community as 'that place where they slaughter horses' -- and good development goes elsewhere." 

States currently trying to revive and reopen horse slaughter plants include Oregon, Missouri and Tennessee.
Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates is a non-profit equine protection organization and Horse Sanctuary based in Chatham, NY. Its mission is to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines, especially through banning the slaughter of American horses, through education, investigation, rescue operations and public education. 
Email or call 518-245-1599 for more information.

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES comes to the Heart of America

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES comes to the Heart of America

Please join Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) in bringing attention to the need for equine protection as Saving America's Horses – A Nation Betrayed premiers to viewers in the heart of America: Kansas City, MO. The film is scheduled to show at AMC Theatres KC Film Festival as part of the US/International Documentary Jubilee Showcase on Sunday, April 15th. The screening comes at a pivotal time for our horses and marks an opportunity for a large-scale exposure to the un-whitewashed truth.

You can lend your voice to help the horses by sponsoring the screening of "Saving America's Horses" in Kansas City, MO.

SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES will be showing in MO, at the AMC Kansas City Film Festival on Sunday, April 15th at 2:45PM.

With your sponsorship support we can put this issue on screen with a 20 second commercial to play at the top of all the movies in the AMC KC Film Fest for every movie goer to see. Plus depending on the level of sponsorship, your business logo can be displayed on both the AMC Film Festival and Saving America’s Horses websites; and your business name could be included in the on screen film credits in time for the public release.

Your donation will support the Filmmaker Q&A following the screening with Katia Louise, Paula Bacon, former mayor or Kaufman, TX, and Dr Lester Friedlander, DVM, former Chief USDA Inspector. Strong attendance at the KC Film Festival screening will help make our goal of public release and distribution possible; however, your support is equally appreciated in the form of whatever donation you can make to help cover screening expenses.

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is a powerhouse narrative. It takes in every aspect and tells its story with intelligence and a deep-running composure.” —Paula Bacon, former Mayor Kaufman TX

Help bring more attention to the horses at the Kansas City Film Festival! Donations are tax deductible and can be made in any amount on line or by mail.

“SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is thorough in exploring the systemic corruption that has left virtually worthless those laws such as the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which are supposed to protect horses.” — Laura Allen, Animal Law Coalition

ACT NOW to receive sponsor visibility on SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES promotional materials such as Posters, Brochures, Postcards and Banners at this special screening.

Sponsorship packages with YOUR BUSINESS/ ORGANIZATION LOGO begin at $500, and can include exposure for YOUR organization through SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES Posters, Postcards, Billboards, the film website and even on-screen exposure in time for public release.

ACT NOW to receive sponsor visibility for this event and beyond.

Your generous donation in any amount will help bring attention to the horses.

Donations can be made in any amount and on screen credits for individuals begin with a donation of $100.

Signups are open for volunteers who would like to help out at the SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES booth at the festival.

If you find that you are not in a position to donate right now, there is still something you can do to help the horses: share this story and network it amongst your colleagues so we can ensure a great turnout for the KC Film Festival.

Thank you for your continued support on behalf of the horses.

Saving America's Horses
Wild for Life Foundation

Contact: admin[@]

Saving America’s Horses is an educational project under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501c3 volunteer based charity, dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving equines. Donations are tax deductible.

15 Things to Know about Horse Slaughter

Wild for Life Foundation is pleased to announce an all new info-graphic for the Saving America's Horses Initiative. The Team at Saving America's Horses worked together with an anonymous design team to compile the 15 most important things to know about horse slaughter, and an anonymous donor contributed the resources for the visually stimulating and cohesive design.

"It's the "data viz" as the cool kids call it and we hope to see it go viral", says Katia Louise, Director, Saving America's Horses. "15 Things to know about Horse Slaughter" puts the data that people need to know in an easy to understand way with visual displays that can be seen rather than read."

The eye catching tool can be linked and posted on to Facebook straight from the SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES movie site so that social networking groups can share it far and wide.

"Special interest groups are pushing to reopen slaughter plants across the country... There is no over-population or surplus of horses that must be dealt with via slaughter... 80% of Americans polled oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption...  Slaughter plants caused horrific environmental problems in the communities where they were located..."

Check it out now!



Wild for Life Foundation
March 23, 2012


Now see AATV's interview with Katia Louise, an international award-winning filmmaker whose most recently produced film, SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES - A NATION BETRAYED has won many prestigious awards, including Best in Festival at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, as well as Best Environmental Film in Canada at the International Film North Film Festival.

SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES is a documentary exposé that investigates the bond between horses and humans and examines the horse slaughter issue through irrefutable documentation and evidence, as well as captivating visuals to inspire viewers to make a difference in order to protect our horses from slaughter. The current Agricultural Appropriations Bill H.2112 has effectively lifted the five-year ban on horse slaughter in the U.S., allowing the federal government to fund USDA inspections of horses for slaughter. Because this issue is important to the American people, with more than 70 percent of U.S. citizens in strong opposition to the practice, AATV interviews Katia Louise in response to the recent public outcry from American’s regarding the latest legislation, as well as to bring exposure to the critical film. During the interview, AATV asks Katia how she got involved in animal advocacy, what inspired her to create the film and what we can all do to ensure this important documentary is brought to the masses for the welfare and essential protection needed for our wild and domestic horses. Additional information is available at
AATV Air Dates and Times in Wisconsin
Saturday, Mar 24th at 10am on WMLW
Time Warner = Channel 7
Charter = Channel 7/8
Direct TV = Channel 41
Dish = Channel 41
AT&T = Channel 7
The segment will also be available for viewing on line at Animal Advocate TV.

SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES is a feature length film geared for the conscience consumer and suitable for all audiences. It's an educational project under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501 c3 volunteer based nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving equines.  Donations are needed to help bring this landmark film to public release.

Animal Advocate Television (AATV), Wisconsin’s exclusive animal welfare show, is a public education and animal welfare awareness campaign produced by Debra Lopez and Animal Fairy Charities, Inc. (AFC). AATV is dedicated to ensuring the welfare of animals through educational and informational segments that illustrate animal care from experts as part of its mission to foster national and international prevention of cruelty to animals.

Animal Fairy Charities is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 based animal welfare non-profit organization, that distributes funds in support of the missions of other animal non-profit organizations using a federated (i.e. United Way) method.

CONTACT: Debra Lopez
AFC President and Co-Founder
(262) 989-0604


The Gift of Life for a Horse

America's horses have been making the news, and with the downturn in the economy, the price of hay doubling and with slaughter auctions still preying on our innocent horses for their flesh, we are handling more rescues and seeing more owner surrenders than ever. We're teaming up with partnering rescues to help place more horses, but the price of hay is soaring with no relief in sight. It's a constant struggle to save as many as possible and to keep the rescue horses fed day to day. There is something you can do to help though; Wild for Life Foundation is asking supporters to please make a lifesaving donation to help feed rescue horses.
Donate now via Paypal

Hay can mean the difference between  life and death to a horse; it's one of the most important continuing expenses in caring for them. Your donation will not only help to feed the horses currently at WFLF's Lifetime Equine Refuge but will ensure our ability to secure the future for more horses in need. Wild for Life Foundation is asking supporters to please make a donation to help feed rescue horses.

Give the gift of life by supporting our hay drive.

You can show your support by making a donation on line or by mailing a check to WFLF.

Slaughter-bound, neglected, abused; each of these innocent and well deserving horses has endured a personal tale of sorrow. Please help us bring them the simple comfort and security of three steady meals a day by making your generous donation today.

We understand that there's competition for every dollar today. So many needs are worthy and serious which means that horses  can  end up overlooked.  Whatever you can give to our hay drive will go a long way in helping to provide love, care and a second chance at life.

You can donate HERE or through our Cause page on Facebook. All donations are tax deductible and appreciated more than you know. And please remember that no donation is too great or too small.

With the generous support of people who care, we are able to save lives and protect these horses from unspeakable cruelty. Please help us make sure that rescue horses will always be cared for and never forgotten.

Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts. You make it possible for Wild for Life Foundation to continue to help the horses.


Katia Louise
President Wild for Life Foundation