Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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New York Enacts Pre-Race

March 01, 2006

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board voted Jan. 19 to adopt an emergency rule allowing for the collection of pre-race blood samples from horses entered into races at the state's Thoroughbred and harness tracks to test for excess... Read More

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California Owner Charged with Cruelty

March 01, 2006

On Jan. 13, prosecutors filed criminal charges against a California owner of 35 horses seized by animal control officials in December 2005. The bony, malnourished horses ranged from weanlings to geriatrics.

Mendocino County Animal Care... Read More

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Toronto Police Horse Killed On Duty

March 01, 2006

The city of Toronto is mourning the death of 9-year-old "Brigadier," a member of the Metro Police Mounted Unit. The horse had both front legs broken in what is being described as the deliberate impact of a minivan on Friday, Feb. 24. ... Read More

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Platinum Performance And Farnam Reach Settlement

March 01, 2006

Platinum Performance reported on Feb. 28 it reached an agreement with Farnam in its lawsuit to prevent Farnam’s use of the name “Platform Performance” on a line of equine products.

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Groups File Injunction to Halt Horsemeat Inspections

March 01, 2006

On Feb. 22, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with several other groups filed for an injunction to prevent the inspections of horsemeat (scheduled to start March 10) until a pending lawsuit prohibiting the fee-for-service... Read More

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Auction Benefits Morgan Retirement Farm

February 24, 2006

(Edited press release)

The second annual Elysian Fields: The Justin Morgan Association for Retired Equines (EF:JMARE) Stallion Service Charity Auction online ends this Sunday, Feb. 26.

EF:JMARE is a 501(c)(3)... Read More

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New Drug Penalty Regulation in Kentucky Expires

February 21, 2006

A 90-day emergency regulation governing infractions of Kentucky equine medication rules expired Feb. 15 and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) reverted back to the old rules that were previously in place.

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AAEP Convention 2005: Performance Horse Forum

February 17, 2006

"We're meant to be advocates for the welfare of the horse," said Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn., moderator of the Dec. 3, 2005 Performance Horse Forum at the American Association of Equine Practitioners... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Unwanted Horse

February 17, 2006

What is an unwanted horse? An unwanted horse is a horse within the domestic equine population that is deemed by its owner to no longer be useful or needed, said Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, during the Horseman's Day session at the 51st annual... Read More

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Suit Filed Over Horsemeat Inspections

February 15, 2006

Animal rights groups and U.S. residents living near three horsemeat processing plants jointly filed suit against the USDA on Feb. 13, less than a week after USDA announced a program to allow fee-for-service inspections of horses at slaughter... Read More

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New Kentucky Drug Penalties Due to Expire; Authority Considers Options

February 15, 2006

Officials with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority were considering their options today (Feb. 15) following the failure of a legislative subcommittee to give final approval to new penalties for violations of the state's equine medication... Read More

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FSIS Establishes Fee-For-Service Program For Horsemeat

February 07, 2006

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced an interim final rule establishing a voluntary fee-for-service program under which establishments that slaughter horses can continue to receive... Read More

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Kansas Barn Fire Kills 43 Horses

February 06, 2006

A Feb. 5 fire in a barn at Eureka Downs in Eureka, Kan., killed 43 horses and remained under investigation as of Feb. 6, officials said.

Both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, most of which were 2-year-olds in training, were killed.... Read More

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Five Years Hence...

February 01, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation has set a tremendous goal for 2006--with input from industry leaders they will determine one priority area of equine health where research should be conducted, seek the most gifted researchers to tell them what specific... Read More

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Plant Causes Complaints

February 01, 2006

On Nov. 29, the Kaufman, Texas Board of Adjustments moved a step closer to closing Dallas Crown Inc., one of two horse meat processing plants in Texas, because many residents consider it a nuisance to the community. The board voted 4 to 0 to... Read More

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California Owner Charged with Cruelty

February 01, 2006

On Jan. 13, prosecutors filed criminal charges against a northwestern California owner of 35 horses seized by animal control officials in December 2005. The bony, malnourished horses ranged from weanlings to geriatrics.

Mendocino County... Read More

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Appaloosa Horses Lost in Two Barn Fires

January 24, 2006

The Appaloosa Horse Club extends its sincere regrets to two families who recently lost horses in barn fires.

On Jan. 9 at 3 a.m., former director and president, Larry Edwards of Dayton, Ohio, awoke to the smell of smoke and saw one of hi... Read More

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New York Enacts Pre-Race "Milkshaking" Tests

January 23, 2006

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board voted Jan. 19 to adopt an emergency rule allowing for the collection of pre-race blood samples from horses entered into races at the state's Thoroughbred and harness tracks to test for excess... Read More

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Alexis Stewart Wants NY Horse-Drawn Carriages Banned

January 18, 2006

Alexis Stewart, daughter of domestic diva Martha Stewart, urged New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg to impose a citywide ban on the city's 200 plus horse-drawn carriages, according to a Jan. 11 article on Read More

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USDA Considers Fee-For-Service Inspections for Horsemeat

January 17, 2006

Horsemeat processing plants in Texas and Illinois have petitioned the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to change the current federal inspector payment system to a fee-for-service system, by which the plants would pay for their own... Read More

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Changes Ahead at Days End Farm Horse Rescue

January 16, 2006

Days End Farm Horse Rescue co-founder Allan Schwartz has accepted a position with the Humane Society of the United States, where he will serve on the United States Disaster Team. Although Allan continues to be committed to the mission of Days En... Read More

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Henderson Training Track Quarantined for Herpesvirus

January 06, 2006

The Western Kentucky Training Center south of Henderson, Ky., was placed under quarantine by last night (Jan. 5) following tests that showed two horses in the center's one barn were positive for equine herpesvirus, according to Rusty Ford of the... Read More

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Wild Horse Shot in North Carolina Outer Banks

January 06, 2006

Investigators are searching for information pertaining to the shooting death of a pregnant wild horse found Dec. 27, 2005, on the Outer Banks of Currituck County, N.C. A local resident found the 2-year-old mare, who was six to seven months... Read More

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Milkshaking Lawsuit Latest in Racetrack Dispute

January 05, 2006

Management of a Monticello, N.Y., harness track revealed on Tuesday (Jan. 3) that its horseman's association has filed a lawsuit to immediately terminate drug testing for illegal "milkshaking," the use of sodium bicarbonate solutions to enhance... Read More

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Horse Rescued from Icy Canal in England

January 05, 2006

A mare was extracted on Dec. 27 from a Black Country canal in Central England after spending up to 10 hours overnight in the icy water. The incident was described by the Express & Star, a British evening newspaper (Read More