Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


Ontario Reinstates Trainers With Aminorex Positives

March 14, 2007

Though it stands by its equine drug-testing program, the Ontario Racing Commission said March 13 it will allow trainers with positives for aminorex, a methamphetamine-like substance, to enter horses in races in the province. The investigation... Read More


Lack of Options Leading to Increase in Horse Abandonment

March 14, 2007

The bidding for the black pony started at $500, then took a nosedive.

There were no takers at $300, $200, even $100. With a high bid of just $75, the auctioneer gave the seller the choice of taking the animal off the auction block. But the... Read More


Drug Positives Have Regulators, Horsemen Scratching Heads

March 12, 2007

Recent positives for aminorex, a drug that has had no commercial source since the 1980s and has no place in racehorses under industry guidelines, has regulators seeking answers and horsemen on the defensive.

There have been positives for... Read More


University of Illinois Offering Veterinary Medicine Open House

March 11, 2007

Do you want to learn the different ways veterinarians keep animals and people healthy? Then come to the 44th annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 31, at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S.... Read More


USDA Proposes Tougher Walking Horse Soring Penalties

March 09, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has toughened regulations to stem persistent abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses by keeping trainers and owners who violate the rules out of shows and sales.

The Humane Society of the United States says the... Read More


Wild Horse Protection Bill Passed by House Committee

March 08, 2007

Legislation to outlaw the commercial sale and slaughter of America's wild horses was passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday (March 7).

H.R. 249 seeks to restore permanent federal protections for wild horses and burros... Read More


Federal Court of Appeals Affirms Horse Slaughter Illegal in Texas

March 07, 2007

The entire 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed March 5 an earlier panel decision upholding a Texas state law that bans the sale of horsemeat for human consumption.
The full court, which consists of 19 judges, rejected without... Read More


Illinois Horse Slaughter Bill Introduced

February 26, 2007

An Illinois State Representative introduced a bill on Feb. 22 that would prohibit the transportation of horses in the state for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption.

State Rep. Robert Molaro (D-Chicago), who sponsored the bill... Read More


Horse Slaughter Legislation Introduced in Illinois

February 22, 2007

A bill introduced in the Illinois State Legislature today (Feb. 22) could be a first step toward closing the state's horse slaughter plant.

A Belgian company, Cavel International, runs a horse slaughter plant near DeKalb, Ill. A recent... Read More


Police Hold Funeral For Horses Killed in Traffic Accident

February 15, 2007

Police officers in Columbia, S.C., honored two members of their equine brigade yesterday (Feb. 14), The Herald reported. Police horses Shiloh and Beorn died last... Read More


Drug Contaminants, 'Zero Tolerance' Policy on Collision Course

February 12, 2007

A Louisiana research project that shows racehorses can come into contact with drug residue just about anywhere on the backstretch has some horsemen calling for an end to "zero tolerance" drug-testing policies and creation of a national panel to... Read More


SmartPak Serves 100 Millionth Supplement

February 08, 2007

SmartPak Equine has announced that they have served their 100 millionth supplement in customized daily-dose SmartPaks.

In celebration of this milestone, SmartPak is awarding a free year's supply of supplements in SmartPaks to the... Read More


Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Offered in Columbus, Ohio

February 07, 2007

The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) will offer approximately 80 horses and possibly a few burros for adoption at the Cooper Arena at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.

"There will be some exceptional horses from the... Read More


UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team Rides to the Rescue

February 04, 2007

John Madigan, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, director of the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team, is a specialist in equine neonatology who has ventured beyond his field into the arena of disaster medicine and large animal rescue work. As a... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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