Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Milkshaking

April 01, 2006

The "milkshake" has enjoyed some popularity as a performance-enhancer for racehorses, although it is banned in all racing jurisdictions. This "milkshake" doesn’t involve milk and syrup; the primary ingredient is sodium bicarbonate, commonly know... Read More

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Handwashing: Bar Soap or Liquid?

April 01, 2006

With much information about biosecurity revolving around current equine herpesvirus infections, salmonellosis, and the upcoming foaling season, one small but important item has been often omitted. Animal workers and veterinarians should wash... Read More

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Premises Registration in Texas Postponed

April 01, 2006

Commissioners for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) have postponed taking action on proposed regulations that would require identification of physical locations where livestock, including horses, are held, managed, or handled.

TAHC... Read More

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Toronto Police Horse Killed On Duty

April 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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Kentucky Drug Penalties Changed

April 01, 2006

A 90-day emergency regulation governing violation of Thoroughbred racing medication rules expired Feb. 15, so the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) reverted to the old penalty rules.

The regulation expired after a legislative... Read More

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HSUS Requests Injunction to Halt Horsemeat Inspections

April 01, 2006

On Feb. 14, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other groups filed suit against the USDA to prevent equine slaughterhouses from using fee-for-service inspections of horsemeat. On Feb. 22, the groups filed for an injunction to... Read More

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Maryland EHV-1 Outbreaks Winding Down

April 01, 2006

Veterinarians suspect the recent deadly outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Maryland have subsided. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) had reported on EHV-1 outbreaks at two Maryland tracks, a race training facility, and a... Read More

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Judge Dismisses Suit, Horse Slaughter Fee-for-Service Plan Implemented

March 15, 2006

On March 14, a federal judge ruled in favor of the USDA to allow fee-for-service inspections to horsemeat processing plants despite efforts of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups to prevent the... Read More

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Missouri Stable Leveled Second Time by Tornado

March 15, 2006

Nearly three years after a tornado destroyed the barn at Stokely Farms near Battlefield, Mo., another tornado decimated the farm's replacement barn on Sunday night (March 12). One horse was killed during the storm, and several were injured.... Read More

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Kaufman Residents Slam the Door on Horsemeat

March 13, 2006

On March 3, the Kaufman, Texas, zoning board unanimously voted to close Dallas Crown Inc., one of three horsemeat processing plants in the United States. The board ordered the Kaufman-based plant to close its doors by Sept. 30, citing public... Read More

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Fee-For-Service Plan Implemented

March 13, 2006

The nation's three horsemeat-processing plants began paying USDA employees on March 10 to conduct pre-slaughter inspections of horses. The highly debated fee-for-service program allows the plants to continue processing despite the 2006... Read More

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Animal Health and Consumer Protection

March 13, 2006

Reprinted with permission of FDA Consumer magazine

Nearly a century ago, farmers had a medicine chest of products to "cure" their animals, with names such as Lee's Gizzard Capsules, Liquid Hog Medicine, and Kow-Kure. Th... Read More

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Helping Horses & Horse Owners Affected by Katrina and Rita

March 08, 2006

Help horse-owning Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims by contributing to groups earmarking funds.... Read More

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Farnam Announces 60th Anniversary Diamond Giveaway

March 08, 2006

(edited press release)

Farnam Companies has announced a customer appreciation sweepstakes in honor of its 60th anniversary. The giveaway will include five pairs of diamond stud earrings, five diamond tennis bracelets, four... Read More

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Memorial Service for Police Horse Touches Toronto

March 08, 2006

More than 1,500 people honored the memory of Brigadier, an equine member of the Metro Toronto Police mounted unit who was tragically killed in the line of duty, by attending a special memorial service in downtown Toronto on Monday, March... Read More

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$2.5 Million Research Initiative Draws 27 Pre-Proposals

March 08, 2006

The announcement of a $2.5-million equine health consortium initiative has been met with great enthusiasm, says Kristin Benjamin, vice president of scientific programs and advancement for Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in Englewood, Colo.... Read More

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Hollywood Horses

March 01, 2006

Horses have been an integral part of movies since The Great Train Robbery debuted in 1903 as a silent film. That pioneer production opened the floodgates for the western movie, and horses began galloping across the screen in waves until the late... Read More

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Feel the Beat

March 01, 2006

It's a thrilling moment for spectator and exhibitor alike on a steamy August night in Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky. The place is filled wall-to-wall with spectators. Some are in elevated private suites surrounding the arena floor. Many are... Read More

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USDA Considers Inspection Alternative

March 01, 2006

Horsemeat processing plants in Texas and Illinois have petitioned the USDA to allow plants to pay inspectors' salaries on a per-service basis, according to Steven Cohen, a USDA spokesperson. The Nov. 23, 2005, petition was in response to the... Read More

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Breaking News - Voluntary Fee-For-Service

March 01, 2006

On Feb. 7, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced an interim rule establishing a voluntary fee-for-service program, which allows horsemeat processing plants to continue to receive federal antemortem inspections.

The... Read More

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Animal Health Trust Cuts Made

March 01, 2006

In November 2005, The Horse reported on studies at the U.K.'s Animal Health Trust Centre for Equine Studies in Newmarket. In December, the research staff changed significantly. For more information see Read More

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Helping Horses and Students

March 01, 2006

For the past six years, the Young Horse Research and Teaching Program has held a yearling sale of horses purchased from pregnant mare urine (PMU) farms through the auspices of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC). On... Read More

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Wild Horse Shot in Outer Banks

March 01, 2006

Investigators are searching for information on the shooting death of a pregnant wild horse found Dec. 27, 2005, on the Outer Banks of Currituck County, N.C. A resident found the 2-year-old shot in the stomach, said the Currituck County Sheriff's... Read More

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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