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The International Equine Business Association is holding an informational meeting for those who are, or will be, directly involved in the horse processing business. This is a private "Members Only" meeting in which industry participants will be sharing critical information of utmost importance as we restart an industry desperately needed to ensure that a humane option exists for the horse industry, to restore value in the horse market, and to build jobs and opportunity for the long term.
We have been assured by USDA-FSIS that they will be prepared to offer inspection to eligible equine processing plants by year's end, and are hosting this meeting to help the industry prepare.
Horse buyers, truckers, and those involved in owning, managing, or operating processing plants are welcome. If you do not plan to be directly involved with the horse processing industry, but you are generally supportive of efforts to restart this industry, we suggest that you consider a membership in United Horsemen
, a separate 501c3 educational and charitable organization dedicated to the dual purposes of restarting humane and regulated horse processing in the United States to improve horse welfare and restore the value and inherent dignity of all horses, and to control and responsibly manage wild and feral horses particularly on tribal, state, and private lands, as well as federal lands. Find them at http://United-Horsemen.org.
To ensure that IEBA meeting participants are legitimate participants in the industry, as you register for the meeting and purchase your charter membership we ask for one of two things, either, 1) name and contact of an existing horse processing business in Mexico or Canada that you do business with currently, or 2) the names of three people who can vouch for the fact that you are in the horse business today, and are not associated with any animal rights organizations.
Per our by-laws you will be notified as to whether your membership has been accepted on a conditional basis after staff review. All memberships will be ratified by the IEBA Board at their next regular meeting.
A company membership is $250 annually plus a $1 per head transaction fee which is charged when horses are enrolled in or removed from the IEBA Equine Quality Assurance Program database. A membership entitles the company to one vote on Association business, in addition to other benefits such as regular communications, action alerts, lobbying at all levels of government, and more. Each member company may register multiple attendees for the meeting at $150 per attendee.
Here is what you can expect from this information packed one day meeting:
- Humane Handling Guidelines and Assessment
- Horse Transportation Regulations and Compliance
- Plant Regulations, Inspections, and Compliance
- Equine Traceability and Testing
- Drug Residue Withdrawal Periods and Research
- Facility and Personnel Protection and Security
- Media and Community Relations
- Employee Background Checks and Hiring
- Administrative Outsourcing Options - Payroll, Insurance, Employee Benefits Administration