Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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Veterinarian's Oath Revised to Stress Importance of Animal Welfare

December 10, 2010

The AVMA has revised the Veterinarian's Oath to stress the importance of animal welfare... Read More

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Car Forces Horse into Storm Drain, Rider Escapes Injury

December 09, 2010

A horse is dead after being forced off a road and into a storm drain by a passing car. The accident occurred on Dec. 4 when a speeding car reportedly forced 100-year-old rider Bert Bonnett and his Missouri Fox Trotter mare, Cassie, from the road ...... Read More

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AAEP 2010: International Welfare Group Receives Lavin Cup

December 07, 2010

An international organization that aims to end the suffering of thousands of working equids in impoverished regions worldwide received the 2010 Lavin Cup today. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) gives this equine welfare ...... Read More

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Tennessee Walking Horse Organization Resists USDA Mandate

December 02, 2010

PRIDE, a Kentucky-based Tennessee Walking Horse Industry Organization (HIO), has declined to include new USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Horse Protection Act (HPA) enforcement regulations in its 2011 horse show rule book ...... Read More

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Owner of Abandoned Oregon Horses Sought

November 29, 2010

Law enforcement authorities in Oregon are seeking the owner of two apparently abandoned horses. Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Clint Pierce said Portland General Electric utility company personnel discovered the ...... Read More

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Identifying Neglect of Horses

November 27, 2010

Everyone has a different mental picture of how a skinny horse looks, acts, and appears. Often the easiest way to determine if a horse needs to be investigated by authorities is to determine his or her body condition score using the Henneke Scale.

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KEMI Designated as Horse Mania Auction Beneficiary

November 24, 2010

The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program will benefit from the sale of the Horse Mania 2010 horse "Cloisonneigh", which was sponsored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, at the Dec. 3 Keeneland Sales Pavilion auction.

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USPC Riding Center Program Approved as a Permanent Program

November 19, 2010

At the United States Pony Club (USPC) Board of Governors meeting November 6-7, 2010, the Pony Club Riding Center Program was approved by a unanimous vote to become a permanent program. This approval comes after a five-year 'beta' period... Read More

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Horse Hauler Charged with Animal Cruelty

November 19, 2010

A truck driver is facing animal cruelty charges in Kansas after two horses he was transporting fell inside their livestock trailer and were later euthanized. On Oct. 31, John Caldwell of Wetumka, Okla., was hauling 15 horses ...... Read More

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Horses' Behavior and Welfare Negatively Impacted by Low-Fiber Diets

November 16, 2010

Despite the fact that horses evolved on a forage-based diet that is high in fiber and low in calories, some horse owners and trainers just can't resist feeding a low-fiber, calorie-dense diet. ... Read More

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ELCR Reports Success in Equine Land Conservation Efforts

November 16, 2010

Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) is a national nonprofit working to advance the conservation of land for horse-related activity. In the past three years ELCR has aided in the conservation plans for 44,237 acres and 985 miles of trail ...... Read More

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USDA: Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Enforcement Announced

November 15, 2010

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service continues to move swiftly and consistently to take enforcement action in response to animal welfare violations. ... Read More

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Louisiana Horse Shooter Sought

November 15, 2010

Law enforcement authorities in Louisiana are seeking those responsible for shooting a horse found wandering and wounded in Caddo Parish this past weekend. Sgt. Doyle Smith of the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department said workers at the Kansas City ...... Read More

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KHRC: Life At Ten Investigation Continuing

November 09, 2010

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said Nov. 8 it is "continuing its inquiry" into the circumstances surrounding the performance of Life At Ten in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.... Read More

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Arrest Made in Lexington Barn Vandalism Case

November 08, 2010

A juvenile faces criminal mischief charges in connection with the alleged vandalism of a horse barn in Lexington, Ky., this past weekend.... Read More

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Maryland Horse Rescue Recieves ASPCA Award

November 08, 2010

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has awarded this year's Henry Bergh award to Kathleen Schwartz-Howe and Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc. ... Read More

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Utah Horse Killed, Then Butchered for Meat

November 05, 2010

Animal welfare authorities in Utah are seeking those responsible for killing a horse, then apparently butchering it for its meat.... Read More

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Auditors Recommend Overhaul of HPA Enforcement Protocol

November 02, 2010

The current system for examining animals for signs of soring at Tennessee Walking Horse shows would be dismantled if recommendations contained in the results from a new USDA Office of Inspector General audit are adopted. ... Read More

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Judge Allows Colorado Mustang Gather

October 25, 2010

A federal court judge has denied wild horse advocates' motion for an injunction to prevent a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang gather in Colorado. The BLM began gathering wild horses that had moved outside of the ... Read More

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Horse's Age and Rider's Experience Affect Horse Injury

October 22, 2010

When it comes to horse management, "experience is the best teacher." According to a recent study by Swedish researchers, experienced staff might help protect your horse against orthopaedic injuries. The study tried to ascer... Read More

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Horse Safety Campaign Releases New Brochure on Horse-Related Injuries

October 18, 2010

UK Healthcare, in partnership with University of Kentucky colleges of Agriculture and Public Health and 40 community, equine, and medical organizations, continues its five-year educational campaign, Saddle Up Safely, with the development of a h... Read More

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Psychological Evaluation Ordered in Florida Horse Poaching Case

October 18, 2010

Santiago Cabrera, who along with Luis Miguel Cordero, is accused of poaching two horses and butchering them for their meat in Florida, will undergo neurologic and psychological testing to determine his competence to stand trial for the crimes.... Read More

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Charges Filed in Illinois Cruelty Case

October 15, 2010

An Illinois man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly beating his horse, according to a spokesperson for the Edgar County State's Attorney's Office. Dennis Hollingsworth was charged with one count of cruelty to animals and on... Read More

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New York Legislators Pass Animal Abuser Registry Law

October 13, 2010

The names, addresses, and photographs of convicted animal abusers residing in one New York county will soon be displayed online thanks to a new law that establishes the first animal abuse offender database in the nation. Unanimously ... Read More

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Charges Pending in North Carolina Cruelty Case

October 11, 2010

Animal welfare authorities have filed multiple animal cruelty warrants for a Thoroughbred horse breeder who allegedly maltreated 35 animals on property he leased in Davie County, N.C. Bob DeWitt, animal cruelty investigator for the D... Read More