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National Welfare Code of Practice Endorsed

From the American Horse Council

 

December 2009 Issue

 

      A National Welfare Code of Practice has been endorsed by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Quarter Horse Association, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the U.S. Equestrian Federation and the U.S. Trotting Association.

      The Welfare Code of Practice, drafted by the American Horse Council, outlines in generic terms what it means for an organization to be committed to the responsible breeding, training, care, use, enjoyment, transport and retirement of horses.

      “We hope that as many organizations as possible will endorse it to show that the industry as a whole is committed to the welfare and safety of the horse,” said AHC President Jay Hickey.

      “We know that the safety and welfare of our horses is very important to us. We hope that this code will be another indication to others that the horse community takes its responsibilities to our horses very seriously.”

      The AHC’s Welfare Code of Practice is not intended to replace or pre-empt those activities or any rules and regulations specific to a segment of the industry. Rather it is hoped that the endorsement of a broad, more generic Welfare Code of Practice by as many organizations as possible will be another indication to the public, the media, federal and state officials, and the horse community that the horse industry “Puts the Horse First.”

      “We hope that as the Code is reviewed, more organizations will endorse it. Our goal is to have as many associations as possible sign on,” said Hickey.

      See the full text of the National Welfare Code of Practice on the Extra News Page at www.rockymountainrider.com.

 

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