Keith Dane, Director of Equine Protection for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), oversees the domestic horse welfare programs for the nation’s largest animal welfare organization. Those efforts include a nationwide campaign to end the slaughter of America’s horses in the United States and abroad. Dane also directs programs for horse owner education, ending equine cruelty and neglect, securing the welfare of horses used in sport, work and racing, and re-homing of America’s at-risk and homeless horses.
Prior to joining HSUS, Dane served as Executive Director of Friends of Sound Horses Inc. (FOSH), an organization established to eliminate cruelties in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. He served as FOSH’s liaison to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its certified inspection program under the Horse Protection Act.
Dane has been working to protect horses for more than 25 years. He is a horseman who has owned, showed, bred and trained horses for most of his life. He is also a licensed judge with many gaited breed organizations. Dane co-founded one of the first show circuits for the sound gaited horse community, which was created as an alternative to the traditional shows that can involve cruelty in training.