Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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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

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Texas A&M Offers New Economic Center

January 02, 2006

Texas A&M University will create a Center for Equine Business Studies to provide equine industry statistics and data to the government and public to help the horse industry make better decisions and build business. The university has retaine... Read More

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A Decade Looking Inside

January 01, 2006

Starting in 1996, James N. Moore, DVM, PhD, a veterinary educator at the University of Georgia (UGA), began to work with Thel Melton, a computer graphics artist in the college, to develop a faster way for students to envision what is happening... Read More

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Benefits of Bran Mash

January 01, 2006

A little bran, warm water, and molasses are all it takes to create a mouth-watering mash fit for horse utopia.... Read More

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New Year, Same Resolve

January 01, 2006

A new year has begun. How many resolutions have you made? Broken any yet? Mine include getting home and barn emergency kits together. I've had them in the past, but when we checked after the hurricanes made preparedness an issue in our lives,... Read More

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Slaughter Bill Passed By President Bush

January 01, 2006

On Nov. 10, 2005, President Bush signed the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations bill containing an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds to inspect horse meat. The amendment includes a 120-day phase-in period that allows slaughter plants i... Read More

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KHRA Approves Drug Regulations

January 01, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) on Nov. 14, 2005, gave unanimous approval to revised medication rules that were controversial when implemented under an emergency order signed in August by Gov. Ernie Fletcher. The regulations are... Read More

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New York Requiring Kentucky Health Papers

December 31, 2005

Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Chief Examining Veterinarian for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), conveyed to the Kentucky State Veterinarian by telephone earlier this afternoon (Dec. 31, 2005) that effective immediately, all horses shipping onto... Read More

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Days End Farm Horse Rescue Honored with 2005 Equine Welfare Award

December 27, 2005

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, a non-profit, volunteer-based animal welfare organization, is the 2005 recipient of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) equine welfare award, the Lavin Cup. Named for AAEP past president A. Gary... Read More

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Przewalski's Horses Return from Brink of Extinction

December 27, 2005

Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) recently recommended that the World Conservation Union (IUNC) upgrade the status of the wild Asian Przewalski's (pronounced zeh-val-skee) horses from "extinct" to "endangered" after their... Read More

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Fires Force Horse Evacuations

December 22, 2005

Smoke rising from wildfires in Los Angeles County, Calif., provided an uneasy backdrop for rescue teams tending to animal evacuees housed at Pierce College, located just eight miles from the fires. The college housed up to 225 horses along with ... Read More

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Texas D.A. Appeals Horse Meat Ruling

December 22, 2005

On Sept. 23, Tim Curry, district attorney of Tarrant County, Texas, filed a notice of appeal in the case that many thought would have permitted the slaughter of horses in Texas.

A month earlier, U.S. District Judge Terry Means ruled tha... Read More

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Alliance Works to Control Wild Horse Fertility

December 16, 2005

A non-hormonal contraceptive, porcine zona pellucida (PZP), has given birth to an alliance between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The two organizations agreed to work together on using thi... Read More