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Hudson Valley Community College’s Animal Outreach Club to Hold Panel Discussion on Horse Slaughter

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant, (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Friday, March 28, 2014
The Animal Outreach Club of Hudson Valley Community College will host "After the Finish Line: Saving America's Horses," from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

The panel discussion will include Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM, a former New York State Horse Racing and Wagering Board veterinarian and a former US Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service inspector. Also on the panel will be Loni Stewart of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition; documentary filmmaker Sharon Boeckle; and Steve Caporizzo of WTEN.

Sponsored by the Animal Outreach Club and the New York State Humane Association, the discussion will center on horse slaughter, a practice once legal in the United States and which continues to be debated as a legal option in the United States.  Currently, the U.S. exports live horses to Canada and Mexico, where slaughter and human consumption are legal. America’s horses are then transported to Japan and Europe for human consumption, as well. Horses from all backgrounds, including thoroughbred race horses, are subject to this ending.

The event is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.