|Some interesting facts:
Among all the states, Hawaii is rated #4 from the bottom in effective animal care and
welfare laws. Hawaii has no Minimum Standards of Care for horses.
In the City and County of Honolulu, every horseback riding and equine management
training program is required to obtain a $600 per year permit to run a "recreational
business," even if it is based on equine science and agricultural management practices.
How many horses are in Hawaii? State veterinarians estimate a horse population of
15,000 - 16,000. If owners spend an average of $1,000 per year, per horse, on
purchasing, feeding, caring for and purchasing equipment, then the horse industry's
impact on the state economy is at least $15,000,000. Our horses and horse-related
purchases create jobs, attract tourists, provide activities for youth and families, and are
returning at least $600,000 each year to state coffers through the GET. Our legislators
should know this, seek our input, and understand the opportunities and challenges
faced by the Hawaii horse industry.
We have a pre-vet undergraduate curriculum at the University of Hawaii, but our
students must travel out of state to train as veterinarians. Most choose to practice
elsewhere, rather than return to Hawaii. Yet Hawaii is strategically located as a
crossroads for the study and prevention of animal and zoonotic diseases that impact
agriculture and human health.
Until now, Hawaii was the only state in the U.S. without a State Horse Council. HHC has
applied to become an affiliate member of the American Horse Council, which works
nationwide on behalf of the horse industry to promote education, monitor legislation,
and support equine welfare.
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