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ASPCA, Horse Lovers Invest in Equine Health

Gifts Help Fund Morris Animal Foundation’s International Genetics Research Initiative

Englewood, Colo., April 4, 2007 — Genetic research plays a critical role in impacting the health of all horses. The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Robert and Ginger Detterman of Thousand Oaks, Calif., recently invested in equine health through contributions to Morris Animal Foundation’s Equine Consortium for Genetic Research.

The consortium, which launched in August 2006 and is the largest project in MAF’s Equine Health Initiative, incorporates a number of studies over several years and will lead to the development of targeted drugs and vaccines, improved diagnostic tools, advanced treatments, and progressive medical procedures.

“The Equine Consortium for Genetic Research is a critically important research project,” said Deborah Tatum, Morris Animal Foundation director of the Equine Health Initiative, “We’re truly grateful to people like the Dettermans and organizations like the ASPCA® who understand the impact this project will have and are stepping up for the future of horse health.”

The ASPCA® has deep roots in helping to protect horses. It was the sight of a cart horse being brutally beaten by his driver that spurred Henry Bergh to found the ASPCA® in 1866. Since then the ASPCA® has made horse protection an important focus of their work.

“In fact, we started protecting horses over 140 years ago by inventing the horse ambulance and the rescue sling that is still used today,” said ASPCA® President and CEO Ed Sayres. “Investing in the genetic research project is one way to ensure that horses will get the best possible care in the future.”

Robert and Ginger Detterman, owners of Bo-Gin Arabians, are also dedicated to the welfare of horses and have been honored as inductees into the Arabian Horse Legacy’s Hall of Fame.

“I’ve always thought that Morris Animal Foundation is a good charitable entity overall,” said Robert Detterman. “As far as the Equine Health Initiative is concerned, I’ve been in the equine business for 50 or so years and I think this is the first time that there has been any real, valid attempt to pull together the facets of the animal health study industry in an effort to better horse health.”

The Equine Consortium for Genetic Research involves 18 equine research institutes in nine countries and will allow scientists around the world to study genetic processes that contribute to equine diseases that impact reproduction, fertility, performance and developmental and acquired orthopedics disorders. The consortium is Morris Animal Foundation’s largest equine initiative. The nonprofit has funded more than 230 equine studies since 1959.

To help support this project, please visit http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org or call 800.243.2345.


Morris Animal Foundation, established in 1948, is dedicated to funding research that protects, treats and cures companion animals and wildlife. MAF has been at the forefront of funding breakthrough research studies benefiting animals in some 100 countries, spanning all seven continents on earth. MAF has its headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The Foundation has funded more than 1,300 humane animal health studies with funds approaching

$50 million. One hundred percent of all annual, unrestricted contributions support animal health studies, not administration or the cost of fund raising. For more information, call (800) 243-2345, or visit http://www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org.


Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first humane organization established in the Western Hemisphere and today has one million supporters. The ASPCA®’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA® provides national leadership in anti-cruelty, animal behavior, humane education, government affairs and public policy, shelter support, and animal poison control. The NYC headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital and adoption facility. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York’s animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series “Animal Precinct” on Animal Planet. Visit http://www.aspca.org for more information.


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