Alliance unites horse owners
By JOAN BARRONStar-Tribune capital bureau
CHEYENNE -- The United Organizations of the Horse is a new umbrella group established in response to the growing number of public policy challenges facing American horses, their owners and horse-related organizations.
One of the founders is Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, a rancher and writer, who said she has been working on the organization almost full time since the Legislature adjourned in March.
The United Organizations of the Horse seeks to unify all like-minded equine associations and individuals in support of its mission "to promote the humane care and management of horses, and the continued viability of the equine community in the United States of America," a media release said.
Wallis said that animal rights activists, such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), have managed to close down every plant that used to process horses in the U.S.
Most of the time, agriculture’s only shot of being heard is to speak loudly, clearly and with one voice. This new umbrella organization will hopefully be able to combine resources and talents in order to achieve a common goal. Rep. Sue Wallis has been an outstanding leader for the property rights of horse owners. With her guidance, I would expect this new group to be very effective.