Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Big Brown's Owners Adopt No-Drug Policy

June 23, 2008

International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) Stables--the partnership that races Big Brown--has taken the first bold step in securing a no-drug policy in racing by announcing Monday that all its horses starting Oct. 1 will race without any... Read More

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Sally Swift Receives Equine Industry Vision Award

June 23, 2008

Pfizer Animal Health and American Horse Publications (AHP) presented Sally Swift with the seventh annual Equine Industry Vision Award at a ceremonial breakfast held during the AHP "Break from the Gate in 2008" seminar in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.... Read More

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Horse Found Shot in Head Recovering

June 23, 2008

A 20-year-old mare found wounded and wandering in the New Mexico desert on June 9 is recovering from surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her jaw. A second bullet lodged close to an artery remains in her jaw.

The horse--which Doña Ana County... Read More

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Racing Groups Have Say Before Washington Hearing

June 19, 2008

As the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Consumer Protection prepared for a June 19 hearing on the horseracing industry, groups continued to weigh in on various issues, including use of anabolic steroids in racehorses.

On June 18, the... Read More

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USDA, Horse Council Hold Unwanted Horses Forum

June 19, 2008

It tends to get lost in the shuffle because it's not as sexy as anabolic steroids, race-fixing, or catastrophic breakdowns from a media perspective. But talk to people who work in the horse industry every day, and they'll tell you the issue of... Read More

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Congress Debates Intervention into Racing Safety

June 19, 2008

Congress chided Big Brown's trainer for a lack of manners and the horse racing industry for failing to do enough to regulate itself. Then it threatened to pass legislation that would make the sport safer.

Rick Dutrow's no-show did not sit well... Read More

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Ban on Racehorse Steroids, Toe Grabs Recommended

June 18, 2008

The Thoroughbred Safety Committee announced June 17 that it is recommending the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, all aimed at improving safety and integrity in... Read More

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Bramlage, Chairman Explain Racehorse Safety Recommendations

June 18, 2008

Following the recommendations The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee made regarding the elimination of steroids, ban of toe grabs, and changes in whip usage, chairman... Read More

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Horses Seized from California Sanctuary

June 18, 2008

Nearly 90 horses remain under veterinarians' care at undisclosed locations after officials removed them from the Equus Sanctuary in Pearblossom, Calif.

"They were desperately in need of food and water," said Michelle Roache, deput... Read More

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Kentucky Panel Continues Racehorse Steroid Study

June 17, 2008

A committee of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council is continuing to gather information on anabolic steroids and is not yet ready to make a recommendation to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Jim Smith, DVM, who chairs the committee,... Read More

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Supreme Court Horse Slaughter Decision: What Does This Mean?

June 17, 2008

The Supreme Court of the United States on June 16 denied certiorari in Cavel International, Inc. v. Madigan (No. 07-962), leaving in place a decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a ban on slaughter of horses for human... Read More

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HSUS Animal Rescue Team Deployed to Iowa Floods

June 16, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has deployed a team of trained specialists to offer logistical support and supplies, as well as perform water rescue of animals displaced by the floods. Mass flooding across Iowa has forced thousand... Read More

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Court Rejects Appeal to Illinois Horse Slaughter Ban

June 16, 2008

The Supreme Court has declined an appeal from the owners of a horse slaughtering plant who challenged an Illinois law prohibiting the killing of horses for human consumption.

Cavel International Inc. closed its plant in DeKalb, Ill., last... Read More

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Eventing Safety Summit: Frangible Pins, Necropsies to be Utilized

June 16, 2008

From the United States Equestrian Federation:

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and United States Eventing Association (USEA) Safety Summit took place on June 7-8, 2008 in downtown Lexington, Ky. More than 250 people fro... Read More

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Horsemen's Protective Association to Talk Equine Health, Safety

June 13, 2008

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will tackle equine health and welfare issues at a two-hour forum July 18 during its summer convention in Hershey, Pa.

The forum, the latest in a series of horse racing industry... Read More

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Michigan Horse Abuse Case Heads to Appeals Court

June 13, 2008

The long-running and controversial horse abuse case in Jackson County, Mich., took yet another turn Thursday, when the Michigan Court of Appeals agreed to hear arguments about whether the felony charges against defendants Matt Mercier and James... Read More

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Congress Calls June 19 Hearing on Racing

June 12, 2008

The United States House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection has scheduled a hearing--"Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: The State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse"--for June 19 in... Read More

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U.K. Groups Introduce National Equine Welfare Protocol

June 12, 2008

Several U.K. equine welfare groups today became signatories to the new National Equine Welfare Protocol.

The protocol sets out guidelines for how cases of equine neglect and abuse should be reported and handled, and what the relevant... Read More

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Shetland Ambassadors Arrive in Hong Kong

June 12, 2008

Two Shetland ponies donated to the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation by the American Shetland Pony Club have landed safely in Hong Kong. They are in quarantine preparing for the presentation ceremony to be held July 10.

The ponies were purchased... Read More

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Dirty Jobs for Horses: Patrol Horse Meets Scantily Clad Cyclists

June 12, 2008

Standing 18 hands tall, the 6-year-old Thoroughbred/Percheron cross, Cody, escorted a group of bicyclists displaying, among other things, their right to protest in the front of the White House.

The cyclists were part of the third annual... Read More

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HSUS Opening Oregon Horse Sanctuary and Rescue Facility

June 10, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will open a new 1,120-acre horse sanctuary and rescue facility in Douglas County, Ore. This will be the organization's fourth major animal care facility.

The new Duchess Sanctuary is made... Read More

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AVMA Adds Animal Welfare Page to Web site

June 10, 2008

To help veterinarians and the general public understand the complexity and passion behind animal welfare issues, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched its first Web section devoted entirely to animal welfare information... Read More

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Wisconsin Town 'Horsing Around' For Therapeutic Riding

June 09, 2008

In the spirit of Chicago's "Cows on Parade" and Cincinnati's "Big Pig Gig," a herd of masterfully painted ponies will adorn the streets of Lake Geneva, Wisc., this summer as Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills Inc. (SMILES) mounts a public ar... Read More

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Prominent Sire Silver Hawk Euthanized

June 09, 2008

Thoroughbred Silver Hawk, the sire of 76 stakes winners who was pensioned in the fall of 2003, was euthanized June 5 due to the infirmities of old age. He was 29.

By Roberto out of the Amerigo mare Gris Vitesse, Silver Hawk stood his... Read More

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Helping Hoarders: Rescuers, Therapists Ponder Options

June 08, 2008

Last week a court in Humboldt County, Calif., sentenced Elsie Smith, 69, to three years of probation for animal neglect. Authorities seized 40 horses from her property on April 1. Although Smith is forbidden to own horses during her probation,... Read More