04/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

TV Stars Align Against Horse Slaughter

I had the rare pleasure of dining out last week at K Street favorite Teatro Goldoni with two darlings from the world of television who were using their cachet to lobby against slaughtering horses for human consumption.

Wendie Malick, the star of "Just Shoot Me!," was seated to my right, and over risotto we chatted about her day on the Hill (this is a personal matter for her, as she owns two equines); Golden Globe red carpet fashions, (she marveled at Christina Hendricks curve-hugging look); and her favorite films and actors (Robin Wright-Penn is her pick for most unsung in the industry).

Ms. Malick, who in her earlier career worked as a model and Hill staffer to former New York Congressman Jack Kemp, was joined at the dinner by "Nip/Tuck" cast member Kelly Carlson and local leaders from the Washington Humane Society, who helped organize the day on the Hill.

Of course, I am slightly more inclined to heap praise on Ms. Malick considering she told me I resembled English actress Julia Ormond, but she exuded a warmth that left everyone commenting on how impressed they were with her down-to-earth affability.

Next up for the star is a possible television show with "The Golden Girls" Betty White. The pilot is searching for a home with a network.

As for horse protection, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) is sponsoring HR-503, which would put greater restrictions on the horse slaughter industry.