Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies
June 01, 2007
A federal judge ruled Friday that Illinois' only horse slaughter plant could temporarily resume operations while challenging a state law that forced it to close last week.
Belgian-owned Cavel International Inc. filed a lawsuit May 25 claiming ... Read More
May 25, 2007
The state with the nation's last operating horse slaughterhouse has made it illegal to kill the animals for human consumption.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said May 24 he was proud to sign the law, calling it "past time to stop slaughtering... Read More
May 23, 2007
Two of the nation's three horse slaughter plants appear likely to remain closed after they were apparently denied reprieve by the state Legislature, then turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Texas House let a deadline of midnight... Read More
May 23, 2007
The Carolina Marsh Tacky herd can trace its heritage back to the Civil War.... Read More
May 17, 2007
The Illinois Senate approved a ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption Wednesday, sending the legislation to the governor.
The proposal, which won the Senate's approval 39-16, would stop a DeKalb plant from continuing to ship... Read More
May 17, 2007
Four more equine organizations have joined the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), bringing the total number of members to 16. The mission of the UHC is to educate the public on the issue of unwanted horses and to remind people to "Own... Read More
May 11, 2007
A change quietly tucked into a state Senate bill approved this week seeks to sidestep a 58-year-old Texas law preventing the slaughter of horses for consumption of their meat.
Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, inserted an amendment into a bill on... Read More
May 08, 2007
An Illinois Senate Committee voted 7-0 on May 8 to pass a bill banning horse slaughter for human consumption. The Humane Society of the United States applauded the Senate Committee and urged the full Senate to pass the legislation.
The bill... Read More
May 07, 2007
As the result of a federal court ruling, the horse slaughter plant in DeKalb, Ill., will temporarily be able to resume business.
In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit May 1 granted Cavel... Read More
May 04, 2007
The 20 starters for the May 5 Kentucky Derby were tested for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) May 2.
John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, said the tests were administrated between 10 a.m.... Read More
April 29, 2007
The new foal is so tall he has trouble tucking his long, white legs underneath him to nap.
Considering where he came from, the colt called Baby can rest easy.
New life has sprung from a gruesome middle-of-the-night wreck of a... Read More
April 27, 2007
Regulators attending the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual conference April 26 approved a number of model rules, including the prohibition in horses of nearly all anabolic steroid use.
The proposed anabolic steroid... Read More
April 26, 2007
Congress is moving again to put a stop to the slaughter of horses even after legal rulings that have shut down the country's three slaughter plants.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved a bill banning horse... Read More
April 26, 2007
The House voted Thursday to prevent the government from selling off for slaughter any wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.
The 277-137 vote would restore a 1971 law preventing the Bureau of Land Management from selling... Read More
April 24, 2007
In 2006 the FEI set a new mark for numbers of horses drug tested, as well as the number of events covered. In total, the FEI tested 3,173 horses. There were 1,500 tests conducted in 1996, meaning the number of tests has doubled in 10 years.... Read More
April 24, 2007
A model rule that limits anabolic steroid use to four approved substances was unanimously passed in a committee hearing of the Racing Commissioners International annual conference April 23, highlighting the opening-day morning session of the... Read More
April 22, 2007
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has formed a multi-year partnership with Platinum Performance, Inc., a California manufacturer of nutritional products for horses, companion animals, and humans. Platinum Performance will be the... Read More
April 20, 2007
Owners whose horses have repeated medication violations would be subject to tough new penalties under changes given initial approval by the California Horse Racing Board April 19.
Over the objections of the Thoroughbred Owners of California,... Read More
April 19, 2007
After several failures, state lawmakers have advanced a star-powered measure to outlaw slaughtering horses for human consumption in Illinois.
The House voted 74-41 Wednesday for the measure aimed at closing down the Cavel International Inc.... Read More
April 07, 2007
The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) confirmed Freedom Health's findings that the use of injectable levamisole in racehorses may result in a positive drug test for the banned substance aminorex--a Class 1 drug that carries a recommended penalt... Read More
April 02, 2007
Two hundred horses are likely on their way to Canadian slaughterhouses now that a court ruling has indefinitely shut down the last three horse slaughterhouses in the United States, including one in DeKalb, Ill., a state official said.
A... Read More
March 29, 2007
A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked the Agriculture Department from providing horse meat inspections for a fee.
The decision in a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States is another setback for the horse slaughte... Read More
March 28, 2007
The Unwanted Horse Coalition, a group of horse-industry organizations, has launched its Web site and has released an awareness brochure.
The Web site (Read More
March 26, 2007
The Associated Press today (March 26) released a new article by Jeffrey McMurray concerning horse abandonment in Eastern Kentucky and the alleged link to the closure of U.S. slaughter facilities.
The new story, which can be read via
March 22, 2007
The Humane Society of the United States has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Cavel International horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Ill., for repeatedly violating the federal Clean Water Act. Cavel is the only location in the United State... Read More