Recent News for Legal Concerns & Legislation

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Conviction in SAU Horse Theft, Slaying Case Stands

May 23, 2014

A judge upheld a guilty verdict in the case against Wendi Cox, who was involved in the SAU horse theft case. ... Read More

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PAST Act Supporters to Rally in Washington

May 20, 2014

Supports of the bill will gather in Washington, D.C., in June to show their support for the legislation.... Read More

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AHC's 2014 Issues Forum and Convention Approach

May 19, 2014

The June 24 National Issues Forum will feature a program titled "Where Have All the Horses Gone?"... Read More

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Abandoned Horses: Who Owns Them and Who is Liable?

April 24, 2014

Horse abandonment isn't uncommon in hard economic times. Here's what to know about handling abandoned horses.... Read More

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Anti-Soring Bill Advances to Full Senate

April 10, 2014

A Senate committee passed a bill that would ban the use of performances packages and chains. ... Read More

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Veterinary Mobility Bill Moves to Full House

April 10, 2014

The bill would allow veterinarians to transport to and dispense controlled substances at treatment sites.... Read More

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Tax Depreciation for Racehorses Advances

April 04, 2014

This provision accelerates, simplifies, and makes uniform the depreciation period for racehorses. ... Read More

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New Walking Horse Bill Expands Blackburn Legislation

April 03, 2014

The bill would aim to stop soring while preserving what it calls the "traditional" Walking Horse industry.... Read More

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Conn. Court Decides on Horses' Propensity to Cause Harm

March 28, 2014

The state Supreme Court skirted the issue of whether horses are by nature a vicious species in its ruling.... Read More

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Veterinarians Oppose Blackburn Bill

March 10, 2014

The bill was introduced last month as an alternative to anti-soring legislation introduced last year. ... Read More

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Obama Budget Could Halt Horse Plant Inspections Through 2015

March 07, 2014

A request contained in a budget proposal from President Barack Obama could halt horse processing through 2015.... Read More

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Former Horse Rescue Operator Wants Jury Trial

March 03, 2014

The former operator of a horse rescue is seeking a jury trial in connection with criminal charges. ... Read More

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Leachman Appeals Animal Cruelty Conviction to Montana Court

March 02, 2014

A Montana rancher found guilty of maltreating horses appealed his conviction to that state's Supreme Court.... Read More

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Bill Would be Alternative to PAST Legislation

February 28, 2014

A bill that would give lawmakers an alternate way to prevent soring was introduced this week.... Read More

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State Equine Statute Directory Published

February 28, 2014

The directory provides information on the equine activity and recreational use statutes for each state.... Read More

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Kentucky Supreme Court Will Not Review Cobra Venom Case

February 17, 2014

The court declined to review a ruling overturning a suspension imposed on equine vet Rodney Stewart, DVM. ... Read More

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AVMA Members Advocate for Federal Legislation

February 14, 2014

AVMA representatives gathered to educate the nation's policymakers on some equine-specific legislation.... Read More

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Legislation Filed in Response to Connecticut Horse Bite Case

February 14, 2014

Connecticut's governor introduced legislation that would prohibit horses from being considered vicious.... Read More

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Horse Farm Liability

February 13, 2014

Insulating your equine business from liability requires thinking inside a protective box.... Read More

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Jackson to Serve Jail Time for Stealing SAU Horses

January 31, 2014

Jackson was sentenced to serve 42 months in prison in Oklahoma and 7 months probation.... Read More

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Breed Groups Support AQHA on Cloning Issue

January 22, 2014

Several groups support the AQHA in its bid to overturn a court decision regarding cloned horse registrations.... Read More

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Judge Rules against N.M. Horse Processing Plant

January 21, 2014

A judge granted an injunction preventing Valley Meat Co. from opening its long-sought horse processing plant.... Read More

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Omnibus Bill Passes, Nixes Horse Processing

January 20, 2014

Congress has passed a bill that eliminates funding to carry out horsemeat inspections at domestic plants. ... Read More

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2014 Fiscal Bill Could Defund USDA Horsemeat Inspections

January 14, 2014

If passed, the proposed legislation would once again strip the USDA of funding for horsemeat inspections.... Read More

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Bill Would Extend Equine Industry Tax Benefit

January 14, 2014

Several favorable tax provisions the horse industry enjoyed in 2013 have reverted to lower levels or expired.... Read More