April 19, 2008

The American Horse Council and the United States Department of Agriculture are co-sponsoring a forum on 'The Unwanted Horse Issue: What Now?', on June 18 at the Department's Jefferson Auditorium in Washington, DC.

The forum will piggy-back onto the AHC's 2008 National Issues Forum, which will be from June 16 through the 18th in Washington. "The Unwanted Horse Forum is open to all. We hope that those who attend the AHC meeting will stay in Washington and attend the Unwanted Horse Forum too," said Jay Hickey, AHC President.

"There is little data about the size of the problem, the numbers of unwanted horses, the ability of the current system to care for them, whether there is an increase in neglect and similar issues," said Hickey. "We hope that this forum will be an opportunity to focus on the many factors that surround the problem of the unwanted horse and bring some clarity to the extent of the problem."

The one-day educational forum is free and open to all. It will focus on the current situation and the next steps that might be taken. Invited speakers will discuss the knowns and unknowns of the unwanted horse issue at this time, as well as possible solutions and options to deal with the problem and decrease the number of unwanted horses in the country.