Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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BLM to Offer Cash Incentives for Wild Horse Adoptions

April 30, 2009

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hoping cash incentives will boost adoptions of wild horses and burros that would otherwise spend their lives in long-term holding facilities.

Under a pilot program slated to debut at an... Read More

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Mustang Bill Heads to House

April 29, 2009

A bill prohibiting the euthanasia of healthy Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horses took a step toward becoming law on Wednesday when members of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee approved the measure by a... Read More

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BLM Could Seek Charges against Mustang Ranch Operator

April 27, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs could face further penalties if the BLM decides to seek its own charges in the case.

Morrill County authorities charged Jason Meduna... Read More

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Steroid Test Identifies Hermaphroditic Filly

April 24, 2009

Year-and-a-half-old testing for anabolic steroids in racehorses produced some unusual results--including the discovery of a Standardbred filly that's actually a male.

In Pennsylvania, tests showed a high elevation of testosterone in Arizona... Read More

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Mustang Ranch Operator Surrenders Animals

April 22, 2009

The owner of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs and burros has surrendered more than 200 animals to two equine rescue agencies.

On Tuesday, Jason Meduna, operator of... Read More

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Nebraska Mustang Trainer Arrested for Cruelty

April 20, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is facing cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of an undisclosed number of animals.

On Saturday, Morrill County... Read More

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Arkansas Slaughter Resolution Goes to Governor

April 20, 2009

A resolution instructing Arkansas' Congressional delegation to vote against a bill that would prohibit the export of horses to slaughter facilities in Mexico and Canada is now before that state's governor for his signature.

HCR 1004 wa... Read More

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Mustang Trainer Faces Felony Animal Cruelty Charge

April 20, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is free on $20,000 bond after being charged with one count of Class 4 felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of... Read More

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Slaughter Bills Before Montana, North Dakota Governors

April 16, 2009

A bill that would facilitate the development of a private sector horse processing plant in Montana is on its way back to Gov. Brian Schweitzer's desk now that the state's full legislature has rejected his Read More

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Montana House Rejects Slaughter Bill Amendments

April 09, 2009

The Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected gubernatorial amendments to a bill that would facilitate the establishment of privately owned horse processing plants in that state.

In its original form, HB 418 prohibited... Read More

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Sheik Voids Race Results After Endurance Horse Tests Positive

April 08, 2009

The ruler of Dubai is being investigated by equestrian authorities after a horse he owns and rides failed drug tests after two races.

Sheik Mohammed said he was unaware of the drugs but accepts full responsibility. The drug use came to ligh... Read More

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AAEP 2008: Performance Horse Forum

April 08, 2009

In a year that saw increased public scrutiny of equine welfare and medication issues both on the track and in the competition field, veterinarians at the 2008 Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in San... Read More

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Vet's Suspension Upheld in Cobra Venom Case

April 08, 2009

A hearing officer has ruled that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission acted properly when it handed a five-year suspension to veterinarian Dr. Rodney Stewart after cobra venom and other prohibited substances were found in a barn and in his truck... Read More

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National Wild Horse Adoption Day Sets Goal of 1,000 Homes

April 06, 2009

Wild horse and humane animal advocacy groups from across the nation are joining forces to encourage the American public to consider and act on the adoption of a wild horse or burro. A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National... Read More

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Montana Governor Vetoes Slaughter Bill, Suggests Changes

April 03, 2009

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoed a bill that would encourage the horse processing industry to establish itself in that state on grounds that it insulates the industry from future legal challenges.

HB 418 prohibits Montana... Read More

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Bankruptcy: Can I Keep My Horse?

April 02, 2009

What happens to the horses if their owner declares bankruptcy? ... Read More

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Court of Arbitration Upholds Olympic Substance Decision

April 02, 2009

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld an appeal requesting enhanced sanctions against Olympic equestrian Christian Ahlmann.

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal suspended and fined Ahlmann after his horse,... Read More

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Illinois House Rejects Horse Slaughter Bill

April 02, 2009

Legislation to reinstate the horse slaughter industry in Illinois failed to pass that state's House of Representatives on Wednesday because the measure did not earn the 60 votes necessary for passage.

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sacia, Read More

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Michigan Bans Racehorse Steroids

April 01, 2009

Michigan Horse Racing Commissioner Christine C. White April 1 gave notice to the state's horse racing industry that effective immediately, the presence of anabolic steroids will be prohibited in all horses entered to race at any pari-mutuel trac... Read More

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Florida Poachers Target Horses

March 31, 2009

On Feb. 27 Ivonne Rodriguez's Paint horse, Geronimo, went missing from his Miami, Fla., pasture. Rodriguez immediately filed a police report and canvassed the neighborhood for information about her horse. Six days later, Miami-Dade... Read More

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Senate Bill Tackles Horse Slaughter Issue

March 27, 2009

Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to prohibit the transport of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) introduced Read More

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Montana, North Dakota Horse Slaughter Bills Advance

March 26, 2009

Legislation to establish privately owned horse processing plants in the United States advanced this week in two Western states.

On March 24, the North Dakota State Senate approved Read More

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USDA Coordinator Pledges Soring Law Enforcement

March 23, 2009

Exhibitors at this year's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and other gaited horse shows can expect USDA inspectors to vigorously enforce Horse Protection Act rules against soring, according to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection... Read More

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Update on State Slaughter Resolutions; Idaho Joins Debate

March 12, 2009

Idaho has joined the list of states pondering legislation aimed at maintaining control of equine transport and re-establishing the horse processing industry in the United States.

Introduced into Idaho's House State Affairs... Read More

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Auction Operator Fined for Equine Transport Law Violations

March 10, 2009

The USDA is seeking $162,800 in fines from an Ohio livestock auctioneer and shipper for violating the Commercial Transport of Equines for Slaughter Act, which regulates treatment of slaughter-bound horses. At issue is the shipment of 1,345... Read More