Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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New York Enacts Pre-Race "Milkshaking" Tests

January 23, 2006

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board voted Jan. 19 to adopt an emergency rule allowing for the collection of pre-race blood samples from horses entered into races at the state's Thoroughbred and harness tracks to test for excess... Read More

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USDA Considers Fee-For-Service Inspections for Horsemeat

January 17, 2006

Horsemeat processing plants in Texas and Illinois have petitioned the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to change the current federal inspector payment system to a fee-for-service system, by which the plants would pay for their own... Read More

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Henderson Training Track Quarantined for Herpesvirus

January 06, 2006

The Western Kentucky Training Center south of Henderson, Ky., was placed under quarantine by last night (Jan. 5) following tests that showed two horses in the center's one barn were positive for equine herpesvirus, according to Rusty Ford of the... Read More

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Wild Horse Shot in North Carolina Outer Banks

January 06, 2006

Investigators are searching for information pertaining to the shooting death of a pregnant wild horse found Dec. 27, 2005, on the Outer Banks of Currituck County, N.C. A local resident found the 2-year-old mare, who was six to seven months... Read More

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Milkshaking Lawsuit Latest in Racetrack Dispute

January 05, 2006

Management of a Monticello, N.Y., harness track revealed on Tuesday (Jan. 3) that its horseman's association has filed a lawsuit to immediately terminate drug testing for illegal "milkshaking," the use of sodium bicarbonate solutions to enhance... Read More

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Slaughter Bill Passed By President Bush

January 01, 2006

On Nov. 10, 2005, President Bush signed the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations bill containing an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds to inspect horse meat. The amendment includes a 120-day phase-in period that allows slaughter plants i... Read More

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KHRA Approves Drug Regulations

January 01, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) on Nov. 14, 2005, gave unanimous approval to revised medication rules that were controversial when implemented under an emergency order signed in August by Gov. Ernie Fletcher. The regulations are... Read More

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Przewalski's Horses Return from Brink of Extinction

December 27, 2005

Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) recently recommended that the World Conservation Union (IUNC) upgrade the status of the wild Asian Przewalski's (pronounced zeh-val-skee) horses from "extinct" to "endangered" after their... Read More

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Texas D.A. Appeals Horse Meat Ruling

December 22, 2005

On Sept. 23, Tim Curry, district attorney of Tarrant County, Texas, filed a notice of appeal in the case that many thought would have permitted the slaughter of horses in Texas.

A month earlier, U.S. District Judge Terry Means ruled tha... Read More

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Alliance Works to Control Wild Horse Fertility

December 16, 2005

A non-hormonal contraceptive, porcine zona pellucida (PZP), has given birth to an alliance between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The two organizations agreed to work together on using thi... Read More

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Legislative Subcommittee OKs Kentucky Drug Rules

December 14, 2005

Kentucky's new medication rules were approved Dec. 13 by the state General Assembly Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee.

The rules, centered on race-day medication, were approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Nov. 14... Read More

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AAEP Calls for Ban on Anabolic Steroids in Sale Horse Medication Guidelines

December 14, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Task Force on Medication Issues at Public Auction has released its recommendations for medication usage in horses presented for sale at public auctions. They include the banning of anabolic... Read More

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Horse Slaughter: A Nuisance to One Texas Community

December 06, 2005

On Nov. 29, the Kaufman, Texas Board of Adjustments moved a step closer to closing Dallas Crown Inc., one of two horse meat processing plants in Texas, on the basis that many residents consider it a nuisance to the community. The board voted 4 t... Read More

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"Zero Tolerance" Policy Leads to Positive Tests in Indiana

December 01, 2005

A "zero tolerance" policy in Indiana led to seven horses testing positive for cocaine during the waning weeks of Hoosier Park's recently concluded Thoroughbred meet. According to Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe... Read More

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Shoeing Wild Horses

December 01, 2005

I've just adopted a wild horse and have heard that they often don't need shoes. She is in a quarter-acre dry lot connected to a 10-acre irrigated pasture for turn-out. Do we need to shoe her?... Read More

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President Signs Horse Slaughter Amendment

November 23, 2005

On Thursday, Nov. 10, President Bush signed the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations bill containing an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds to inspect horse meat. The amendment includes a 120-day phase-in period that allows slaughter... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Gives Final Approval to Drug Regulations

November 15, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) on Nov. 14 gave unanimous approval to revised medication rules that had been the subject of controversy when implemented under an emergency order signed in August by Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

The... Read More

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Breeders Speak Out in Favor of Kentucky Medication Changes

November 02, 2005

More than 100 Kentucky-based breeders have come out in support of new equine medication and related penalties proposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Arthur Hancock III of Stone Farm near Paris, Ky., sent breeders copies of a... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Summit

November 01, 2005

Representatives from 20 equine-related organizations that make up the unwanted horse coalition met Sept. 21 at the American Veterinary Medical Association headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., to focus on the group's mission and to create a long-ter... Read More

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Senate Passes Slaughter Funding Amendment

November 01, 2005

On Sept. 20, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan amendment (68-29) to the Agriculture Appropriations bill will eliminate federal funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors in slaughter houses for one fiscal year. Under the... Read More

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Slaughter Bill Heads to Senate for Approval

November 01, 2005

On Friday, Oct. 28, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by a vote of 318-63 an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds for USDA horse meat inspections. That amendment was added to the $100-billion federal appropriations bill. If... Read More

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Suit Filed Over Death of Thoroughbred Racehorses

October 18, 2005

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the owners of millionaire sprinter Saratoga County, stakes winner Egg Head, and two other horses against a pharmacy that allegedly supplied a compounded drug treatment that led to the deaths of three of the... Read More

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Kentucky Works on Withdrawal Times for Medications

October 17, 2005

In the wake of controversy concerning its new medication regulations, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has formed two standing subcommittees to oversee the next phase of integrating the race-day medication regulations. The committees,... Read More

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Bernstein Horses in Detention for TC02 Positive

October 17, 2005

Horses trained by David Bernstein must spend at least 24 hours in a pre-race detention barn because one of his horses tested positive for a high level of total carbon dioxide at Del Mar.

The detention period began Sept. 30 at the Oak Tre... Read More

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Texas District Attorney Appeals Horse Meat Ruling

October 10, 2005

On Sept. 23, Tim Curry, District Attorney of Tarrant County, Texas, filed a notice of appeal in the case that many thought would have permitted the slaughter of horses in Texas (see Read More