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Vet Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Records in Alleged Race Fixing Plot

February 02, 2007

A veterinarian pleaded guilty to falsifying records in a case that included the arrests of four people in an alleged plot to fix harness races by injecting horses with banned performance-enhancing drugs.

John Witmer, 68, of Freehold, N.J.,... Read More

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Hormone and Drug Use in the Stallion

February 01, 2007

Many hormone and drug treatments could have a negative impact on the endocrine system, so it's best to avoid using them altogether in the breeding stallion. However, Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB, of the University of Pennsylvania's School... Read More

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Ain't Life Funny?

February 01, 2007

Isn't horse ownership fun (said firmly with tongue in cheek)? Actually, it is. But it's the other moments of owning horses that make our non-horsey friends and family wonder if we're crazy; sometimes we wonder, too! Life's little coincidence... Read More

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Slaughter: Committee Leaders Issue Letter Opposing Ban

January 26, 2007

Members of the House Committees on Agriculture and Energy and Commerce yesterday (Jan. 25) released a statement to Congress urging legislators to vote against the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which was re-introduced into the House an... Read More

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California Racing Board Moves Ahead With Stricter Drug Regulations

January 24, 2007

Taking a get-tough stance, the California Horse Racing Board moved forward with its sweeping overhaul of the state’s equine drug policies including the first ban of so-called “designer” anabolic steroids.

At its monthly meeting Jan. 23,... Read More

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Immigration Reform for Agriculture Workers Bill Reintroduced in Congress

January 23, 2007

A bill that would create immigration reform specifically for agriculture workers was reintroduced in Congress by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho.

The "Agriculture Job... Read More

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HSUS Urging Airlines to Stop Shipping Horsemeat

January 23, 2007

The Humane Society of the United States has called on American and Delta airlines to stop shipping horsemeat from slaughterhouses in Texas to Europe and Asia for human consumption. The request comes on the heels of a federal appeals court ruling... Read More

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Pfizer Closing Michigan Research and Development Facilities

January 22, 2007

Pfizer Inc. said Monday that it will close its research and development facilities in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, Mich., affecting thousands of jobs.

But the drugmaker said it would continue to maintain manufacturing and animal-health... Read More

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Herpesvirus: Final Wellington Quarantine Lifted

January 22, 2007

Florida officials released the equine herpesvirus (EHV) quarantine on the Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex on Jan. 20. The facility was the last of 10 to be released from state-mandated quarantine.

The last official quarantine due... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Plants Considering Legal Options

January 21, 2007

The owners of two horse slaughtering plants in Texas are considering whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that upheld a Texas law that banned horse slaughter for the purpose of selling the meat for food.

The ruling involve... Read More

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Texas Court Rules Against Slaughter

January 20, 2007

A federal appeals court in Houston has ruled that horse slaughter is illegal in Texas, home to two of the nation's three processing plants.

The decision, issued on Jan. 19th by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans,... Read More

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Clenbuterol, Steroids Dominate Southern Cal Talks

January 19, 2007

The use of clenbuterol and the potential elimination of anabolic steroids were the primary subjects of two meetings Thursday at Santa Anita. California Horse Racing Board Chairman Richard Shapiro, executive director Ingrid Fermin, and equine... Read More

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Officials Checking Into Allegations of Wild Horse Mistreatment

January 19, 2007

State and federal officials are looking into allegations that wild horses taken from public range are being mistreated on a private Albany County, Wyo., ranch.

Marty Griffith, Bureau of Land Management deputy director in Wyoming, said... Read More

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Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton Issue Statement on Anabolic Steroid Policy

January 19, 2007

Officials from Keeneland Association Inc. and Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc., today jointly announced their support for development of a policy regarding the testing for, and inappropriate use of, anabolic steroids in horses sold at public... Read More

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U.K. Donkey Sanctuary Reaches Rescue Milestone

January 18, 2007

The Donkey Sanctuary, a rescue organization based in Devon, U.K., will be welcoming their 12,000th donkey today (Jan. 18), the BBC reported.

"It is sad... Read More

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Alberta Wild Horse Shootings Prompt Reward for Information

January 17, 2007

Three wild horses that died of gunshot wounds were found on public land near Sundre, Alberta, on New Year's Day. The discovery has prompted an area wild horse advocacy group to offer a reward for information on the perpetrator. The three equine... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Bills Introduced in House, Senate

January 17, 2007

Legislators introduced horse slaughter prevention bills simultaneously today (Jan. 17) in both the House and Senate in an effort to increase public awareness. Last year the bill was passed in the House with a 263 to 146 vote, but the Senate... Read More

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Study Examines Connection Between Horse Heart Rates and Human Emotions

January 14, 2007

A horse's heart rhythms reflect their emotional state and can respond to the emotional state of a nearby human, according to a pilot study conducted by Alliant International University Professor Ellen Gehrke and the Institute of HeartMath.... Read More

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Corolla Wild Horse Fund Members Concerned About Va. Mustangs

January 13, 2007

Keepers of the wild horse herd in Corolla, N.C., are worried about a Spanish mustang fund proposed in Virginia and the competition it could create.

Legislation submitted this week in Richmond would establish a fund to pay for... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Web Site Launched

January 06, 2007

A new Web site launched this week, UnwantedHorses.org, focuses on the unwanted horse problem in America and says it's time for a new view about horses.

"While many horse owners are devoted to their animals and keep them for life, the... Read More

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Slaughter Bill Ban On Wild Horses Introduced Today

January 05, 2007

A bill to restore the 34-year ban on the commercial sale and slaughter of America's wild, free-roaming horses and burros (H.R. 249) was introduced today (Jan. 5) by U.S. House of Representatives Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.).... Read More

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AHC Forms Congressional Cavalry Program

January 05, 2007

The American Horse Council (AHC) and member organizations are initiating "The Congressional Cavalry Program," a new direct grassroots effort, to better represent and serve the horse industry in Washington, DC.

The purpose of the... Read More

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Walking Horse Veterinary Inspector Leaving Office

January 05, 2007

The top veterinarian who oversees the inspections of Tennessee walking horses is leaving the Department of Agriculture's inspection office.

As the horse protection coordinator for animal care, Todd Behre, DVM, was at the heart of the... Read More

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Appaloosa Horse Club Votes to Oppose Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

January 05, 2007

The following is a statement released by the Appaloosa Horse Club:

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) Board of Directors voted Dec. 5th, 2006, to oppose passage of Senate Bill 1915 (H.R. 503), the American Horse Slaughter Preventio... Read More

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Horse Rescue Farm Must Close Without Zoning Exemption

January 04, 2007

A Clinton County, Ind., farm that cares for abused and neglected horses must obtain a special zoning exemption or go out of business, zoning officials said.

Indiana Horse Rescue's nearly 22-acre property near Frankfort is mostly zoned... Read More