Recent News for Legal Concerns & Legislation

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USDA Steps Up Imported Meat Inspections

April 05, 2013

The USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service will increase inspections of imported meat. ... Read More

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Montana Mustang Import Bill Fails

April 05, 2013

The bill would have required the BLM to obtain a permit to relocate wild mustangs or burros to Montana.... Read More

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Tennessee Grand Jury Indicts McConnell for Horse Soring

April 03, 2013

The grand jury indicted McConnell on more than 20 counts of animal cruelty in connection with horse soring.... Read More

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Horse Processing Bill

April 01, 2013

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill reversing a 50-year-old law that made horse slaughter illegal in Oklahoma. ... Read More

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USDA Horsemeat Inspections Funded Through 2013

March 28, 2013

USDA inspections at U.S. horse processing plants will be funded through September 2013. ... Read More

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Horse Processing Bill

March 27, 2013

Oklahoma have passed a House bill that allows horse slaughter in that state. ... Read More

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Queens, N.Y., Stables Shuttered

March 21, 2013

New York officials have temporarily closed a Queens stable after several horses died there in recent months. ... Read More

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State of Nevada, Wild Horse Advocates Reach Agreement

March 20, 2013

The state of Nevada and wild horse advocates reached an agreement on the sale of "estray" horses.... Read More

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Oklahoma Horse Processing Bill Advances

March 19, 2013

An Oklahoma Senate committee passed a bill aimed at facilitating a horse processing industry in that state. ... Read More

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Court Overturns Vet's Suspension in Cobra Venom Case

March 15, 2013

A Kentucky court overturned a suspension handed to Rodney Stewart, DVM, for the possession of cobra venom.... Read More

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Layher Joins American Horse Council Staff

March 15, 2013

R.J. Layher's responsibilities will include equine health and welfare issues.... Read More

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Bills Seek to Ban Horse Processing, Export

March 13, 2013

The legislation would outlaw the export of horses for processing and the export of U.S.-produced horsemeat.... Read More

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Equine Tax Parity Act Introduced

March 13, 2013

The Equine Tax Parity Act would make horses eligible for capital gains treatment after 12 months.... Read More

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Missouri Court Denies Lay Equine Dentist's Appeal

February 25, 2013

A non-veterinarian dentist lost a bid to overturn a court ruling prohibiting her from floating teeth for pay.... Read More

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Back Country Horsemen of America Celebrates 40 Years

February 23, 2013

The organization was founded to aid in the fight to preserve the right to ride horses on public lands. ... Read More

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Youth Charged in Michigan Barn Fire

February 22, 2013

The youth faces multiple arson and animal cruelty charges in connection with a fire that killed 10 horses.... Read More

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Arizona Bill would Recognize Miniature Horses as Service Animals

February 19, 2013

Miniature Horses would be recognized service animals if a pending bill becomes law.... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Farms Can Apply for Disaster Relief

February 18, 2013

Kentucky horse breeding farms are now eligible to apply for federal relief from agriculture-related disasters.... Read More

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How Do I Properly Dispose of my Horse's Syringes?

February 16, 2013

With a proper sharps disposal method in place, the risk of accidental needlesticks is reduced.... Read More

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Crundwell Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years in Embezzlement Case

February 15, 2013

Former Quarter Horse breeder Rita Crundwell will serve nearly 20 years for embezzling $53 million.... Read More

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Texas Horse, Truck Thief Sought

February 14, 2013

The stolen mare has since been recovered; a truck and trailer taken at the same time remain missing.... Read More

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USDA Issues Rule on Importing Horses from CEM-Affected Countries

February 13, 2013

APHIS took this action after reviewing probable causes of CEM outbreaks in the United States.... Read More

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Oklahoma Bills would Facilitate Horse Processing

February 12, 2013

Horse processing would again be legal if two bills currently pending in that state's legislature become law.... Read More

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Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) to Co-Chair CAPC

February 10, 2013

Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) named co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.... Read More

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New Mexico Slaughter Facility Bill Rejected

February 05, 2013

The bill that would have authorized a study evaluating the feasibility of a horse processing facility.... Read More