Statement from KY Gov. Steve Beshear:
The First Lady and I consider ourselves among Kentucky’s leading horse advocates, and that’s why we are so pleased that Kentucky is a national leader in the care of horses.
This spring, I was proud to sign HB398, which created the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council (KEHWC) – the first of its kind in the nation – under the state’s Department of Agriculture. The council will assist and advise the department on issues of equine health and welfare, and take action to keep horses safe in the Commonwealth. The council will offer help to unhealthy or abused horses that are identified by Kentucky equine veterinarians or others, and will never participate in the slaughter of these animals.
By initiating this law, combined with the commitment of the KEHWA, Kentucky has been proactive in animal welfare protection. To date, no other state has offered the same horse protection package.
Kentucky is the horse capital of the world. I am proud of our work to make sure that we offer these magnificent animals the care they deserve.