Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Case Decision: Pessoa Disqualified from 2008 Olympics

October 03, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Rufus ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Pessoa and Rufus... Read More

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Plea Deal Accepted in New York Breeding Farm Case

October 03, 2008

Geraldine Trupia, the operator of a New York breeding farm where authorities seized a herd of malnourished horses in August, plead guilty to two counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea agreement unveiled during her... Read More

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Colorado Rescue Operator Sentenced to Service, Probation

October 02, 2008

Alesha Matchett, the Colorado woman who pleaded guilty in August to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty for neglecting horses at a rescue ranch she operated, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and four years supervised probation... Read More

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Racing Task Force Focuses on Funding

October 01, 2008

Lack of funding for the regulatory functions of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission was the focal point at a Sept. 30 meeting of the state's Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing.

During the panel's monthly meeting, members were told... Read More

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Update on Status of Olympic Substance Test Hearings

October 01, 2008

The hearings for the six riders suspended for positive substance tests at the 2008 Olympic Games have begun, but the Tribunal of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has not yet reached a decision in five of the cases.... Read More

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The Wild Horse Dilemma

October 01, 2008

Thirty-seven years ago Congress passed the Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act with good intentions. When populations had tripled and it became apparent that these animals needed management, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) created... Read More

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Mare With Melanoma: A Teacher to the End

October 01, 2008

Years ago my family became the owners of a beautiful, older Arab mare named Danza Mia. She�s been mentioned in this column several times, including a couple of years ago when we had to make the decision for euthanasia. Based on her necropsy, it... Read More

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U.K. Welfare Group Launches Petition to Support Working Animals

September 30, 2008

South African cleric and activist Desmond Tutu has backed a new initiative by one of the world's oldest animal charities, which has been launched to coincide with World Animal Day Oct. 4.

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Kentucky Chief Racing Vet Leaves; Scollay Has Added Duties

September 28, 2008

Mary Scollay, DVM, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), will temporarily serve as chief racing veterinarian in Kentucky with the departure of Dr. Lafe Nichols.

The KHRC made the announcement Sept. 26,... Read More

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Horse Killed After Being Hit by Car in Iowa

September 28, 2008

A Des Moines, Iowa, man riding a horse is in critical condition and his horse had to be euthanized after he was hit by a car.

Police say Dennis Kaiser was riding a horse on the city's southeast side about 8:50 p.m. Friday when the horse... Read More

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Australia's Newest Flu Scare Over

September 28, 2008

Tests on 74 horses have come back negative after a horse had a "weak positive test" for equine infuenza.... Read More

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Racing Medication Group has Plan for Drug Testing Standards

September 27, 2008

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is developing a five-prong plan to implement equine drug testing standards similar to those used by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The action, announced Sept. 24 after board meeting of the RMTC,... Read More

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Galveston Horse Rescue Effort Wraps Up

September 26, 2008

A week and a half after Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston, Texas, horse rescue groups working the scene are scaling back their involvement as horse owners return to reclaim their animals and start the long rebuilding process.

Jerry... Read More

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Clone of Calvaro 5 Born

September 25, 2008

European cloning company Cryozootech announced Sept. 18 the birth of the clone of Calvaro 5, Swiss rider Villi Melliger's top-ranked jumper who died in 2003.

It took five years to clone this horse successfully. After a few failed attempts for ... Read More

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Penn Vet World Leadership Award Nomination Deadline Dec. 1

September 25, 2008

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has announced a deadline of Monday, Dec. 1, for nominations for its prestigious World Leadership in Animal Health Award.

The unrestricted award of $100,000 is given annually to a... Read More

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Men Face Charges in Pack Horse Cruelty Case

September 24, 2008

Four horses are recovering in the care of the Bitter Root Humane Association of Hamilton, Mont., after they were found alongside a trail and stabled at a storage facility along the Montana-Idaho border in August. Meanwhile, two men, each charged... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Bill Moves on to House

September 24, 2008

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has passed H.R. 6598, a measure known as the "Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008."

This bill prohibits transport, sale, delivery, or export of horses for slaughter for... Read More

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Texas Equine Rescue Needs Help Following Hurricane

September 24, 2008

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, which has rescue horses stationed in foster homes throughout Texas and Arkansas, could use some help cleaning up after Hurricane Ike. While the group moved its foster and adopted horses well out of harm's way,... Read More

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Breeding Farm Operator Pleads Not Guilty to Cruelty Charges

September 24, 2008

Geraldine Trupia, operator of Norcrest Farm in Troupsburg, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to five counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty during her... Read More

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Authority Approves New Whip Rule for Harness Racing

September 23, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved a statewide ban on certain kinds of whips in harness racing.

The commission on Monday unanimously approved the ban on whips and riding crops that have strands of material at the end called a... Read More

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ASPCA Provides Funding for Hay in Hurricane Areas

September 23, 2008

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has dispersed and pledged more than $75,000 in grant funding to organizations in Texas and Louisiana following Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, in addition to deploying a disaster... Read More

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Owner Learns Mare Seized from Breeding Farm was Euthanized

September 22, 2008

Pennsylvania horse owner Anne Maria Cray has feared the worst since learning her mare WeWe C was among 82 allegedly malnourished horses seized by authorities from a... Read More

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Charges Filed in Breeding Farm Cruelty Case

September 22, 2008

The woman in charge of the Troupsburg, N.Y., breeding farm from which a herd of allegedly malnourished horses were seized last month has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

Geraldine Trupia was charged with five counts of... Read More

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Rider, U.S. Olympic Dressage Team Disqualified

September 22, 2008

Today the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has issued its decision in the positive medication case involving the horse Mythilus ridden by Courtney King-Dye, and representing the U.S. Dressage Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in... Read More

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Thieves Target Horse Tails in Iowa

September 21, 2008

Some horse thieves are at work in Buena Vista County, Iowa--but they're only after the tail.

The sheriff's office said three people reported chopped tails just in the past week. Major Doug Simons said each case appears similar--someone went... Read More