Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies

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Congressman Criticizes Racehorse Drug Policy

February 27, 2008

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky opened a Feb. 27 congressional hearing on the use of steroids in sports by claiming leaders of horse racing have repeatedly failed on promises to self-regulate medication issues.

Whitfield, a Republican... Read More

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Timing of Steroid Study Could Impact Regulations

February 26, 2008

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Group Plans Rally for Casino Bill

February 24, 2008

In an attempt to recruit people to support the proposed constitutional amendment for expanded gaming, the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) urged its members to attend a Feb. 26 committee meeting hearing for the bill, as well as a horse... Read More

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North Carolina Hosting National Youth Horse Leaders Symposium

February 21, 2008

The 31st Annual National Youth Horse Leaders Symposium, presented by the American Youth Horse Council (AYHC), will be held Feb. 29 through March 2, 2008 in Raleigh, N.C. The North Carolina State University Extension Horse Husbandry and the North... Read More

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Steroids Investigation to Include Horse Racing

February 15, 2008

The president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association will testify before Congress this month as part of its investigation into steroids in sports.

Alexander Waldrop has been asked to appear Feb. 27 before the House Energy and Commerce... Read More

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Homes for Horses Coalition Launches Web Site

February 12, 2008

The Homes for Horses Coalition has launched a new Web site, www.homesforhorses.org.  

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with the Animal Welfare Institute an... Read More

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Federal Grazing Fees Remain Static For 2008

February 10, 2008

The fee for grazing livestock on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service will be the same as last year, $1.35 per animal unit month.

The two agencies announced the fee Feb. 8. An animal unit month is... Read More

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Utah State University Faculty, Students Release Paper on Slaughter

February 07, 2008

Faculty members of Utah State University, along with several undergraduate students, recently completed and published a paper entitled "The State of the Horse Industry Since the Closing of... Read More

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North Carolina Programs Aim to Avert Hay Crisis

February 06, 2008

A state program to bring hay bales from as far away to Canada to North Carolina is helping cattle and horse farmers during the prolonged drought, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said Tuesday.

"We may be rounding the curve as far as a... Read More

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AQHA Sets Guidelines for Equioxx Use

February 06, 2008

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Executive Committee approved the use of Equioxx (firocoxib) effective Jan. 1, 2008, giving competitors across the country another option for relieving equine osteoarthritis pain and inflammation.... Read More

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Readers Respond: Proposed Slaughter Incentive

February 06, 2008

More than 3,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Would you have supported the proposed South Dakota horse slaughter plant incentive?"

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Indiana Sticking with Racehorse Steroid Regulation Plan

February 05, 2008

Indiana is moving forward with plans to implement regulation and testing of anabolic steroids in racehorses April 1.

There has been much talk regarding the uniform implementation of anabolic steroid regulations around the country. While the... Read More

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Racing Group Endorses Deadline for Steroid Rule Adoption

February 01, 2008

Members of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium haven't backed away from a call for regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses, but on Jan. 31 they endorsed a Dec. 31, 2008, deadline for nationwide adoption of a model rule.

The move... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Offering Resources for Horse Owners

January 30, 2008

Recent articles in prominent newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times have reported on an apparent increase in the numbers of unwanted horses.... Read More

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South Dakota Legislators Kill Slaughter Incentive Bill

January 29, 2008

A bill that would make a state-funded loan of up to $1 million available to construct a horse slaughtering facility in South Dakota is no longer under consideration.

A spokesperson for Sen. Jay Duenwald, chair of the state's Senate Agriculture... Read More

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Horse Euthanatized After Fair Grounds Fall

January 27, 2008

A jockey was thrown from his horse and injured in the 10th race Saturday at the Fair Grounds. The horse was euthanatized because of an injury to its right front leg, according to a news release from the race track.

It said John Jacinto, 31,... Read More

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South Dakota Legislators to Consider Horse Slaughter Plant Incentive

January 27, 2008

A bill that would make a state-funded loan of up to $1 million available to construct a horse slaughtering facility in South Dakota is scheduled for a hearing in the state's Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday (Jan. 29).

The bill, known as... Read More

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Horses Seized from Another Colorado Rescue

January 23, 2008

Operators of another Colorado horse rescue have been accused of animal cruelty, less than a month after a similar case occurred in the state. Now, one rescue industry operator in that state says the two seizures illustrate the plight of... Read More

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Equine Welfare Group Issues Slaughter White Paper

January 16, 2008

The group Veterinarians for Equine Welfare (VEW) recently issued a white paper entitled "Horse Slaughter--Its Ethical Impact and Subsequent Response of the Veterinary... Read More

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Horse Slaughter: A French Butcher's Perspective

January 14, 2008

VIDEO | Campaigns designed to stop the consumption of horsemeat and American slaughterhouse closings have caused some need for supply chain reorganization, but busines... Read More

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Soring Suspension List Now Posted on FOSH Web Site

January 14, 2008

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) has developed a Web site for reporting all current Horse Protection Act suspensions.

Under the USDA Horse Protection Operating Plan for 2007-2009, signed in mid-2007 by most of the horse industry organizations... Read More

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First Keeneland Sale Since New Steroids Rule; One Test Requested

January 14, 2008

Although Keeneland's January Thoroughbred horses of all ages sale was the first to be conducted under new policies allowing buyers the right to request testing for exogenous anabolic steroids in weanling and yearling purchases, there was only on... Read More

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Cohesive Rules for Racehorse Steroids Sought

January 11, 2008

The head of a major horsemen's group in the United States has proposed a national approach for regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses with an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2009.

Roughly 10 jurisdictions around the country are preparing... Read More

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Racing Association Joins Unwanted Horse Coalition

January 10, 2008

The Oak Tree Racing Association of Arcadia, Calif., has become the newest member organization to join the Unwanted Horse Coalition.

"Oak Tree Racing is another wonderful addition to our already distinguished list of members," said Tom... Read More

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Racing Officials, Legislators Discuss Racehorse Steroids

January 09, 2008

An impending Congressional hearing on steroid use in Major League Baseball--and the possibility the inquiry could expand to other sports--has led the Thoroughbred racing industry to take preemptive action on Capitol Hill.... Read More