Recent News for Horse Industry Controversies


Slaughter Bills Advancing in Congress

April 26, 2007

Congress is moving again to put a stop to the slaughter of horses even after legal rulings that have shut down the country's three slaughter plants.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved a bill banning horse... Read More


House Votes to Prevent Commercial Slaughter of Wild Horses, Burros

April 26, 2007

The House voted Thursday to prevent the government from selling off for slaughter any wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.

The 277-137 vote would restore a 1971 law preventing the Bureau of Land Management from selling... Read More


FEI Drug Testing More Horses

April 24, 2007

In 2006 the FEI set a new mark for numbers of horses drug tested, as well as the number of events covered. In total, the FEI tested 3,173 horses. There were 1,500 tests conducted in 1996, meaning the number of tests has doubled in 10 years.... Read More


Regulators Consider Anabolic Steroid Limits

April 24, 2007

A model rule that limits anabolic steroid use to four approved substances was unanimously passed in a committee hearing of the Racing Commissioners International annual conference April 23, highlighting the opening-day morning session of the... Read More


USEF, Platinum Performance Announce Partnership

April 22, 2007

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has formed a multi-year partnership with Platinum Performance, Inc., a California manufacturer of nutritional products for horses, companion animals, and humans. Platinum Performance will be the... Read More


Drug Testing: California Thoroughbred Owners Could Face Fines

April 20, 2007

Owners whose horses have repeated medication violations would be subject to tough new penalties under changes given initial approval by the California Horse Racing Board April 19.

Over the objections of the Thoroughbred Owners of California,... Read More


Illinois House Approves State Slaughter Ban

April 19, 2007

After several failures, state lawmakers have advanced a star-powered measure to outlaw slaughtering horses for human consumption in Illinois.

The House voted 74-41 Wednesday for the measure aimed at closing down the Cavel International Inc.... Read More


Freedom Health Aminorex Findings Confirmed by Canadian Racing Agency

April 07, 2007

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) confirmed Freedom Health's findings that the use of injectable levamisole in racehorses may result in a positive drug test for the banned substance aminorex--a Class 1 drug that carries a recommended penalt... Read More


Slaughter: Cavel Horses Likely Transported to Canada

April 02, 2007

Two hundred horses are likely on their way to Canadian slaughterhouses now that a court ruling has indefinitely shut down the last three horse slaughterhouses in the United States, including one in DeKalb, Ill., a state official said.

A... Read More


Court Blocks Horse Meat Inspections

March 29, 2007

A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked the Agriculture Department from providing horse meat inspections for a fee.

The decision in a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States is another setback for the horse slaughte... Read More


Unwanted Horse Coalition Launches Web Site, Brochure

March 28, 2007

The Unwanted Horse Coalition, a group of horse-industry organizations, has launched its Web site and has released an awareness brochure.

The Web site (Read More


Debate Concerning Horse Abandonment Continues

March 26, 2007

The Associated Press today (March 26) released a new article by Jeffrey McMurray concerning horse abandonment in Eastern Kentucky and the alleged link to the closure of U.S. slaughter facilities.

The new story, which can be read via Read More


HSUS Files Notice of Intent to Sue Slaughter Facility Over Water Pollution

March 22, 2007

The Humane Society of the United States has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Cavel International horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Ill., for repeatedly violating the federal Clean Water Act. Cavel is the only location in the United State... Read More


Humane Society Refutes Horse Abandonment Claims

March 18, 2007

The Humane Society of the United States released a statement on March 16 stating that recent claims that thousands of horses have been abandoned in Kentucky are unfounded, and is calling it a campaign of fear mongering by a foreign-owned horse... Read More


Aminorex Positives Linked to Injectable Dewormer

March 18, 2007

For more than two years, racehorses (principally Standardbreds) have tested positive for the amphetamine, aminorex (for more information see Read More


Ontario Reinstates Trainers With Aminorex Positives

March 14, 2007

Though it stands by its equine drug-testing program, the Ontario Racing Commission said March 13 it will allow trainers with positives for aminorex, a methamphetamine-like substance, to enter horses in races in the province. The investigation... Read More


Lack of Options Leading to Increase in Horse Abandonment

March 14, 2007

The bidding for the black pony started at $500, then took a nosedive.

There were no takers at $300, $200, even $100. With a high bid of just $75, the auctioneer gave the seller the choice of taking the animal off the auction block. But the... Read More


Drug Positives Have Regulators, Horsemen Scratching Heads

March 12, 2007

Recent positives for aminorex, a drug that has had no commercial source since the 1980s and has no place in racehorses under industry guidelines, has regulators seeking answers and horsemen on the defensive.

There have been positives for... Read More


University of Illinois Offering Veterinary Medicine Open House

March 11, 2007

Do you want to learn the different ways veterinarians keep animals and people healthy? Then come to the 44th annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 31, at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S.... Read More


USDA Proposes Tougher Walking Horse Soring Penalties

March 09, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has toughened regulations to stem persistent abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses by keeping trainers and owners who violate the rules out of shows and sales.

The Humane Society of the United States says the... Read More


Wild Horse Protection Bill Passed by House Committee

March 08, 2007

Legislation to outlaw the commercial sale and slaughter of America's wild horses was passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday (March 7).

H.R. 249 seeks to restore permanent federal protections for wild horses and burros... Read More


Federal Court of Appeals Affirms Horse Slaughter Illegal in Texas

March 07, 2007

The entire 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed March 5 an earlier panel decision upholding a Texas state law that bans the sale of horsemeat for human consumption.
The full court, which consists of 19 judges, rejected without... Read More


Illinois Horse Slaughter Bill Introduced

February 26, 2007

An Illinois State Representative introduced a bill on Feb. 22 that would prohibit the transportation of horses in the state for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption.

State Rep. Robert Molaro (D-Chicago), who sponsored the bill... Read More


Horse Slaughter Legislation Introduced in Illinois

February 22, 2007

A bill introduced in the Illinois State Legislature today (Feb. 22) could be a first step toward closing the state's horse slaughter plant.

A Belgian company, Cavel International, runs a horse slaughter plant near DeKalb, Ill. A recent... Read More


Police Hold Funeral For Horses Killed in Traffic Accident

February 15, 2007

Police officers in Columbia, S.C., honored two members of their equine brigade yesterday (Feb. 14), The Herald reported. Police horses Shiloh and Beorn died last... Read More