Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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FEI Delegation Tours Hong Kong Equine Testing Lab

August 20, 2008

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, president of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), took time out of her busy Olympic schedule to visit the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Racing Laboratory Aug. 16.

Terence Wan, PhD, EurChem, CSci, CChem,... Read More

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Thoroughbred Industry Round Table Focuses on Drug Testing, Safety

August 18, 2008

Calls to action aren't new to The Jockey Club Round Table conference, but at this year's meeting Aug. 17 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., there appeared to be a sense of urgency. Public perception and the threat of federal intervention have a way of... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Racing Group Proposes Steroid Ban

August 16, 2008

Kentucky racing officials have pushed forward a steroid ban for racehorses they're calling the toughest in the country.

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council approved a measure Thursday that would hit trainers with severe penalties--up... Read More

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New Soring Inspections Beef Up Celebration Plan

August 13, 2008

Exhibitors at the 70th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will be scrutinized more closely than ever before. Officials and organizers have adopted new inspection measures to send the message that Horse Protection Act (HPA)... Read More

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Petition Calls for End to Soring

August 12, 2008

An Illinois-based equine welfare organization has launched a Web-based petition campaign aimed at creating pressure to abolish the practice of soring in the gaited horse industry.

"Our goal is to submit the petition to government... Read More

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"Give A Dollar" Wild Horse Global Project Relief Fund

August 09, 2008

Wild horse advocate Karen Mayfield, along with various artists from around the world, in conjunction with Whispering Winds Equine Rescue, are banding together in a global effort to save America's wild horses with the "Give A Dollar Wild Horse... Read More

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HSUS Applauds AAEP White Paper on Horse Soring

August 08, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today applauded recommendations set out in the American Association of Equine Practitioners' newly released white paper, "Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for Ending the Soring of... Read More

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Splitting Hairs: New Drug Test Uses Hair, Not Urine

August 05, 2008

German researcher Patricia Anielski is raising the bar when it comes to drug testing in horses. Anabolic steroids such as testosterone propionate can be detected in hair samples to identify current and even previous abuse of the substance.... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Adopts Tough Steroids Rule

August 03, 2008

Trainers of horses that test positive for anabolic steroids at this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park (Oct. 24-25) will face a one-year suspension from the event, and trainers who violate steroid regulations three times... Read More

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House Subcommittee Hears Slaughter Testimony

July 31, 2008

Animal rights advocates are urging lawmakers to pass a bill banning the slaughter of U.S. horses for consumption abroad, arguing the practice is inhumane. Opponents of the proposal say it would actually increase cruelty in the form of... Read More

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Veterinary Group Opposes New Slaughter Legislation

July 30, 2008

U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearings on new anti-slaughter legislation will begin July 31, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has gone on... Read More

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Elective Drug Testing Offered for All Olympic Horses

July 28, 2008

The Hong Kong Jockey Club's racing laboratory will be offering post-arrival elective testing for all horses coming to Hong Kong for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic equestrian events at the request of the Fédération Equestre International... Read More

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New Federal Horse Slaughter Bill Introduced

July 25, 2008

Legislation introduced July 23 to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee addresses the horse slaughter issue by linking the practice to animal cruelty and leaving enforcement to federal authorities.... Read More

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California Begins Ban on Racehorse Steroids

July 24, 2008

Effective Aug. 1, the California Horse Racing Board will strictly enforce all regulations concerning anabolic steroids and will no longer issue "unofficial notices" when the test samples reveal unauthorized levels of anabolic steroids. There has... Read More

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Report: Natural Nitrate Levels Caused Wild Horse Deaths

July 22, 2008

Federal officials probing the deaths of 71 wild horses on a military site ruled out high levels of nitrate in a pond, saying such rates occurred naturally.

Testing of a watering hole showed that the nitrate levels came from a combination of... Read More

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Shetland Pony Ambassadors Settled in Hong Kong

July 21, 2008

The Shetland ponies donated to the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation officially changed hands July 10 in a special ceremony. The American Shetland Pony Club donated the ponies to salute Hong Kong's efforts in hosting the... Read More

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Federal Ban on Equine Transport via Double-Decker Introduced

July 18, 2008

The use of double-decker trailers to transport horses for any purpose would be banned nationwide if a new bill recently introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law. But some equine welfare advocates say the bill is flawed.... Read More

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Racehorse Anabolic Steroid Ban Recommended in Kentucky

July 17, 2008

A subcommittee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has unanimously recommended that anabolic steroids be banned in horse racing in the state.

"The use of anabolic androgenic steroids shall be banned in horses competing in pari-mutuel... Read More

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Understanding the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Program

July 17, 2008

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USEF is responsible for enforcing the rules of 27 breeds and disciplines. Formerly this... Read More

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American Horse Council Offers 2008 Federal Election Guide

July 13, 2008

The American Horse Council (AHC) has released Getting Involved in the 2008 Elections, a federal election guide for the horse industry.

The guide stemmed from the July program at the AHC's National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C.,... Read More

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AHC Offers 2008 Federal Election Guide

July 11, 2008

The American Horse Council has released "Getting Involved in the 2008 Elections," a federal election guide for the horse industry.

The guide stemmed from the July program at the AHC's National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C., explaining ho... Read More

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Readers Respond: Herd Management

July 09, 2008

More than 2,700 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Should wild horses be euthanized to help control their population growth in the Western United States?"

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Kentucky Racing Panel Reorganized Again

July 04, 2008

Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order July 3 reorganizing and renaming the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA), which is now the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC).

Several of the "new" members already... Read More

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Wild Horses: Euthanasia, Changes to Adoption Policy Considered

July 03, 2008

Bonnie Matton, president of the Wild Horse Preservation League, wasn't happy when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it might consider euthanasia as a means to manage wild horse herds, but she wasn't surprised, either.... Read More

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Racetrack Enacts Zero-Tolerance Slaughter Policy

July 03, 2008

Sending racehorses to slaughter will not be tolerated at Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston. Track management will now deny trainers stalls if they sell a horse for slaughter. This latest move bolsters other efforts underway to protect... Read More