October 04, 2012 05:35
Even though horse slaughter has stopped in the United States, horses are still sent to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for their meat. To learn more about the process, you can visit the Humane Society of the United States website. What does horse slaughter have to do with responsible lodging practices? Well, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, located on the Pueblo of Santa Ana between Santa Fe and Albuquerque in New Mexico, recently announced a new horse rehabilitation program for neglected, abused, and abandoned horses throughout New Mexico. As U.S. horse exports for slaughter increased 660 percent from 2006 through 2010, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Stables at Tamaya has created the horse rehabilitation program to provide shelter and care for horses that owners are unable to care for due to age, illness, financial issues, temperament issues, and more.
The program is led by Connie Collis, director of the Stables at Tamaya. With more than 45 years experience training and caring for horses, Collis provides surrendered horses with shelter and a foster environment that is conducive to rehabilitation. "New Mexico has seen a dramatic rise of neglected, abused, and abandoned horses due to the owner's inability to properly care for the animals," Collis said. "Unfortunately, hundreds of these unwanted horses are sent to slaughterhouses each year. It is our goal to be part of the solution to help to end unnecessary horse slaughter in New Mexico." Allowing guests to support the initiative, the resort has created a package for meeting and planning groups to participate in the philanthropic program. It allows guests to work with the wranglers to train and care for the horses, build stables, and more. In addition, guests can help name the horses and receive updates or view a live web cam of the horses' progress.
The work being done at the Hyatt is just one of many lodging programs throughout the United States that I have learned about that benefit animals in need. A tip of the hat to the folks at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa for their kindness to horses.
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