The letter provided information on our Horse Protection Initiatives (HPI) program, and asked for collaboration and support in order to expand the HPI program which provides a euthanasia subsidy and an adoption rebate. The CHDC implemented HPI a few years ago but it remains a small program due to limited funding. For it to expand and be an effective national program, major funding is needed.
The plan is to expand HPI’s euthanasia assistance and adoption rebate programs to include gelding clinics and equine training.
However, the response to our letter was a disappointing, resounding thud – with the exception of one group who enquired how we could provide them funding – no group has responded.
These associations and federations purport to be there for their members and the members’ horses. Some may have welfare committees, but are they making a difference in the equine community? None have effective programs that encourage responsible horse ownership and support horse rescues.
Attached is the letter we sent.
We are suggesting that you ask these organizations why they don’t wish to discuss or support an effective Horse Protection Initiatives program that could include all organizations and truly make a difference for horses.