Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Riding in Southern Spain

March 01, 2004

The following is an excerpt from my travel log as three members of Equine Affairs Association--Carol Collins, Bonnie Moretto, and I--went to Barbate, Spain, in March of 2003 for a riding holiday through Read More

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No Increase in PMU Mares At Slaughter Plants

March 01, 2004

Thousands of horses from shut-down PMU (pregnant mare urine) farms in Canada and North Dakota are finding new homes in the United States, but few are winding up at slaughter houses at this time, according to slaughter plant managers.

Dick... Read More

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Compounding Medications and Legalities

March 01, 2004

Compounding is not permitted by the FDA, she said. However, the FDA recognizes that veterinarians often need to compound drugs and therefore exercises its enforcement discretion to permit compounding.... Read More

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AAEP Wrap-Up: Kester News Hour

March 01, 2004

With researchers worldwide working on solutions to various horse health problems, there is a veritable mountain of information being published continuously. Much of this information is included in AAEP convention presentations... Read More

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Drug Interaction in Lame Horses

February 26, 2004

Whether it is in the Olympics, Major League Baseball, college football or horse racing, the use of multiple pain-relieving drugs to enhance performance is a major concern. Now, one University of Missouri-Columbia veterinarian is testing differen... Read More

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Maryland Barn Fire Kills 25 Horses

February 23, 2004

Twenty-five Quarter Horses were killed yesterday (Feb. 22) in a barn fire in Damascus, Md., according to an article in the online edition of The Baltimore Sun.

The... Read More

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Illinois Horse Slaughter Legislation

February 20, 2004

New legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the state of Illinois was introduced Feb. 6, 2004, in the Illinois House of Representatives in the form of HB 6570. On Feb. 18, 2004, the bill was referred to the House... Read More

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Long Distance Shipping of In-Foal PMU Mares on Hold

February 19, 2004

The shipment of PMU (pregnant mare urine) mares from farms in the United States and Canada has been put on hold until after the foaling season, unless the shipping distance is very short.

The reason, says Nat Messer IV, DVM, University o... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Medications and Drug Testing

February 03, 2004

A packed room during the AAEP’s Racing Forum held sometimes heated discussions about the facts and nuances of the on-going Racing Medication and Testing Consortium’s (RMTC) attempt to create a uniform medication policy for racing in the United... Read More

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Wild Horses and Burros

February 01, 2004

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages the majority of the wild horses and burros in the United States. The agency manages these animals on the public rangelands consistent with BLM's... Read More

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Dressage Immersion

February 01, 2004

Americans might be making great strides in the sport of dressage, but in Germany, dressage is a way of life. An amateur dressage enthusiast, I experienced German dressage culture firsthand during six fascinating days in November.... Read More

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New Electronic Certificates of Veterinary Inspection

February 01, 2004

The USDA's Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health announced to industry stakeholders Oct. 22, 2003, that Veterinary Services (VS) is working with six states on an electronic Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) project. Thi... Read More

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American Quarter Horse Assn. Position on Slaughter

February 01, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) reiterated its position on euthanasia and horse slaughter in the wake of an accusatory Blue Horse Charities letter that was disseminated to the racing industry in early November (see article #Read More

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Welfare Concerns Prompt AVMA Opposition to House Bill on Transportation and Processing of Horses for Slaughter

January 12, 2004

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) believes HR 857--The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act--could potentially harm more horses than it saves. An analysis by the AVMA reveals that HR 857, introduced by New York State... Read More

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Texas Increases Number of Post-Race Drug Tests

January 09, 2004

The Texas Racing Commission has authorized the Texas Medical Diagnostic Laboratory to increase the amount of ELISA tests it conducts and decrease the number of screens it evaluates from urine samples collected for post-race... Read More

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FEI and Welfare

January 01, 2004

What does international equestrian sport do to ensure healthy, fair, and clean competition? As a sport where the horse is used for its athletic abilities and man is at the helm, it is crucial that the horse be properly safeguarded.... Read More

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Year In Review: Death of a Derby Winner

December 18, 2003

From The Blood-Horse year in review, featured in the Dec. 20, 2003 issue.

It was the story nobody wanted to believe, yet no one could disprove. It was the biggest news item of 2003 in the Thoroughbred industry, and... Read More

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Regulators View Drug Policy; No Race-Day Changes Yet

December 11, 2003

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium continued its march toward a national model policy on medication and drug testing Dec. 10 when regulators responded favorably to the proposal. But wholesale changes in race-day medication rules around... Read More

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AQHA Responds to Allegations From Horse Charity

December 05, 2003

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), which has hundreds of thousands of members, has reiterated its position on euthanasia and horse slaughter in the wake of an accusatory Blue Horse Charities letter that was disseminated to the racing... Read More

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Pennsylvania Considering Test for EPO Antibodies

December 05, 2003

During a preliminary meeting Dec. 2 at Philadelphia Park, industry officials discussed testing for erythropoietin (EPO) antibodies that could be implemented in Pennsylvania and perhaps a few other Mid-Atlantic states in 2004.

The meeting... Read More

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Veterinarians, Trainers Support Ky. Drug Policy

December 02, 2003

The debate over whether Kentucky should implement a restrictive race-day medication policy heated up Nov. 18 with calls by racetrack veterinarians and trainers to keep the current policy intact, and criticism of the way the national Racing... Read More

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PMU Horses For Sale

December 01, 2003

Put aside for the moment your belief that the PMU (pregnant mare urine) industry is right or wrong. The issue at hand is Wyeth pharmaceutical company's reduction in the number of ranchers under contract to collect pregnant mare urine as the main... Read More

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PMU Ranch Numbers Reduced

December 01, 2003

Because of a reduction in the number of prescriptions being written for hormone replacement therapy in women, and because of recent federal approval of a lower-dose hormone replacement medication, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals met with ranchers who... Read More

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Zito Spokesman for National Horse Protection Coalition

November 12, 2003

A newly formed organization that hopes to garner public support for an eventual ban on horse slaughter in the United States announced Oct. 28 two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Nick Zito would be the group's national... Read More

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Field and Stream Advocates Donkey BBQ

November 10, 2003

Field and Stream columnist Thomas McIntyre is free in this country to say what he pleases, but methinks he's gone too far. While he rambles around quite a bit in his column, taking pokes and jabs at all equids and their owners along the... Read More