Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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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

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Improving Travel Conditions

October 01, 2005

While there have been many changes in the equine world in the past several decades, no change has been more dramatic than that experienced by horse transportation. The change, literally, has been from hooves and rails to wheels and wings. While... Read More

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Dreams Can Come True

October 01, 2005

Soñador is Spanish for "dreamer," the title of a movie opening this month that sounds like a natural fit for horse lovers. According to information from DreamWorks, Dreamer's writer/producer John Gatins grew up loving racehorses, and wondering... Read More

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End Horse Slaughter

October 01, 2005

In August 2002, Texas Attorney General John Cornyn gave his opinion (Opinion No. JC-0539) that horse slaughter was illegal in Texas because of a 1949 Teas law against the sale, possession, and transport of horse meat for human consumption.... Read More

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Texas Judge Rules on Horsemeat

October 01, 2005

On Aug. 25, U.S. District Judge Terry Means ruled that the possession of horse meat for sale for human consumption was not illegal under Texas law. The judge also issued a permanent injunction against Tarrant County, Texas, District Attorney Tim... Read More

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Work Continues to Help Unwanted Horses

September 23, 2005

Groups formalize mission statement, next steps

The equine industry's work on behalf of unwanted horses continued to gain momentum this week as representatives from twenty organizations met to advance the efforts that began at the nation'... Read More

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HSUS Praises U.S. Senate for Vote to End Slaughter of American Horses

September 21, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 — Banner Day for Animals in Senate as Amendment Offered by Senators Ensign and Byrd Passes by Overwhelming Vote of 68-29 —

WASHINGTON – The Humane Society of the United States... Read More

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U.S. Department of the Interior Asks for Help with Mustangs and Burros

September 01, 2005

Editor's Note: The U.S. Department of the Interior sent this press release on July 28 requesting help with the increasing populations of mustangs and burros that are exceeding the carrying capacity of government acreage and holding... Read More

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Change in Kentucky Drug Rules Could Trigger Lawsuit

August 23, 2005

The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) could file a lawsuit to prevent implementation of a new race-day medication policy in the state.

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher signed the more restrictive rules Aug... Read More

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California Trainers on Notice About Use of Anabolic Steroids

August 16, 2005

While steroid use by human athletes has caused a firestorm of controversy, trainers in California are being warned to avoid using anabolic steroids on their horses because of increased testing and uncertainty about withdrawal times. But the... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Approves New Medication Rules

August 15, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority voted unanimously Aug. 15 to implement stiff medication rules and penalties that closely parallel rules adopted by the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

The rules, which break down... Read More

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Government Agencies and Private Adoption Group Team up for Mustang Event

August 08, 2005

In the second annual event sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the USDA Forest Service, and the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition (COWHC), nine mustangs gathered from eastern Oregon public lands will be offered for adoption on Sept. 18... Read More

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NYRA Makes Security Barn Adjustments

August 02, 2005

The New York Racing Association is "100% committed" to race day security barns, but has taken immediate action to address concerns expressed by horsemen at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA president Charles E. Hayward said July 29.

Hayward's... Read More

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USDA Horse Slaughter Inspectors Face Elimination

August 01, 2005

The House of Representatives passed the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) on June 8. Included in the bill was amendment 236, which will end funding for horse slaughter plant inspectors during the 2006 federal fiscal year.

The... Read More

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Evidence Heard in Cocaine Case in Australia

July 27, 2005

Racing New South Wales stewards opened an inquiry on Monday (July 25) into the analyst's finding of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, in the urine sample taken from the 3-year-old filly Love You Honey, who finished unplaced in race seven... Read More

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National Steering Committee Formed Following Unwanted Horse Summit

July 26, 2005

Industry groups to meet again in September

Following closely on the heels of the nation's first-ever Unwanted Horse Summit in Washington, D.C., on April 19, a National Steering Committee has been named to perform the... Read More

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Update: USDA Horse Slaughter Inspectors Face Elimination

July 08, 2005

The House of Representatives passed the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) on June 8. Included in the bill was amendment 236, which will end funding for horse slaughter plant inspectors during the 2006 federal fiscal... Read More

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Ellis Park to Conduct Random Milkshake Testing

July 05, 2005

Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. will randomly test horses before every race during its 2005 meet for alkalizing agents known as milkshakes.

Under Ellis' milkshake testing policy, the track will require a random number of horses entered in... Read More

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Wild Horse Amendment Passes House

July 01, 2005

Wild horses and burros that are eligible for slaughter had a victory on May 19 when the appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior 2006 budget (H.R. 2361) passed the House of Representatives.

Among hundreds of lines of text... Read More