April 27, 2013, 5:02 a.m. ET

Associated Press
CHATHAM, N.Y. — An upstate New York-based equine advocacy group is hosting a weekend event that will focus on the effort to permanently ban the slaughter of horses in the United States.

Elected officials from New York and Florida will join horse rescue advocates and others for Equine Advocates’ 2013 American Equine Summit, being held Saturday and Sunday at the group’s sanctuary in the rural Columbia County town of Chatham, 25 miles southeast of Albany.

The 17-year-old nonprofit organization rescues, protects and prevents the abuse of equines and is working to ban the slaughter of American horses for food sold outside the country.

The group’s efforts got a boost earlier this month from actor Robert Redford, who wrote a letter supporting Equine Advocates’ stance on banning the slaughter of horses.
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