Willie Nelson to receive Equine Advocates Award for his work to end horse slaughter at Virtual Gala & Telethon
Hosted by Bebe Neuwirth
CHATHAM, NY – As one of America’s most beloved musicians and performers, Willie Nelson has been bestowed with countless awards and accolades over the years. On September 26th, he will receive another well-deserved honor, but this one is for his work and dedication to end the slaughter of America’s horses.
Nelson will accept Equine Advocates 2020 Safe Home Equine Protection Award during a special online gala and telethon that will be broadcast on several social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube and through Equine Advocates’ website.
The program will be hosted by two-time Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress, Bebe Neuwirth, who was the recipient of this award in 2009.
“Willie Nelson is a national treasure,” said Equine Advocates’ president, Susan Wagner. “He doesn’t just talk the talk, but he walks the walk. Willie not only has rescued horses directly from slaughter, but has been active in pushing for a federal ban of this repulsive practice that is opposed by the vast majority of Americans. He also has been very outspoken about this issue, resulting in greater public awareness of the cruel fate suffered by tens of thousands of wild and domestic U.S.-bred equines every year. Some of the horses Willie has rescued appear in the music video for his 2020 Grammy Award-winning performance of the song, ‘Ride Me Back Home’ which has become an instant anti-horse slaughter anthem. We are so proud to be presenting him with this humanitarian award for all he has done to protect horses from slaughter and abuse.”
Stay tuned for more developments and surprises as new and exciting additions to the program.
The broadcast will begin at 6 PM Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, September 26th. Please check your time zone for the start of the program in your area. Also, please visit Equine Advocates website or official Facebook page for more details and periodic updates.
Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates is a national, non-profit equine protection organization based in Chatham, NY. Its mission is to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines through education, investigation, rescue operations, the dissemination of information to the public and through the operation of a horse sanctuary for slaughter-bound, abused and neglected equines.
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