Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Groups File Injunction to Halt Horsemeat Inspections

March 01, 2006

On Feb. 22, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with several other groups filed for an injunction to prevent the inspections of horsemeat (scheduled to start March 10) until a pending lawsuit prohibiting the fee-for-service... Read More

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New Drug Penalty Regulation in Kentucky Expires

February 21, 2006

A 90-day emergency regulation governing infractions of Kentucky equine medication rules expired Feb. 15 and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) reverted back to the old rules that were previously in place.

The new regulation... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Performance Horse Forum

February 17, 2006

"We're meant to be advocates for the welfare of the horse," said Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn., moderator of the Dec. 3, 2005 Performance Horse Forum at the American Association of Equine Practitioners... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Unwanted Horse

February 17, 2006

What is an unwanted horse? An unwanted horse is a horse within the domestic equine population that is deemed by its owner to no longer be useful or needed, said Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, during the Horseman's Day session at the 51st annual... Read More

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Suit Filed Over Horsemeat Inspections

February 15, 2006

Animal rights groups and U.S. residents living near three horsemeat processing plants jointly filed suit against the USDA on Feb. 13, less than a week after USDA announced a program to allow fee-for-service inspections of horses at slaughter... Read More

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New Kentucky Drug Penalties Due to Expire; Authority Considers Options

February 15, 2006

Officials with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority were considering their options today (Feb. 15) following the failure of a legislative subcommittee to give final approval to new penalties for violations of the state's equine medication... Read More

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FSIS Establishes Fee-For-Service Program For Horsemeat

February 07, 2006

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced an interim final rule establishing a voluntary fee-for-service program under which establishments that slaughter horses can continue to receive... Read More

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Five Years Hence...

February 01, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation has set a tremendous goal for 2006--with input from industry leaders they will determine one priority area of equine health where research should be conducted, seek the most gifted researchers to tell them what specific... Read More

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Plant Causes Complaints

February 01, 2006

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, because many residents consider it a nuisance to the community. The board voted 4 to 0 to... Read More

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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