Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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Texas Pair Faces Cruelty Charges

February 02, 2011

A Texas couple is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of 39 horses removed from their Coryell County property earlier this week. In addition, 250 dogs, two Bengal tigers, two mountain lions, one primate,... Read More

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Plea Entered in Montana Cruelty Case

January 31, 2011

A Montana man accused to maltreating a herd of horses has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The herd of 450 horses, owned by James H. Leachman, was residing on 9,400 acres of deeded land and 30,000 acres of leased Crow Tribal land ... Read More

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Equine Welfare: One European Perspective (AAEP 2010)

January 27, 2011

The horse industry in the United States is not the only one dealing with an equine welfare problem. Some European countries are also facing challenges in assuring all horses have a good quality of life, according to Joe Collins, MVB, PhD, MRCVS, ... Read More

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Montana Man Faces Cruelty Charges

January 25, 2011

A Montana rancher faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged neglect of 450 horses. Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said the horses are residing on 9,400 acres of deeded land and 30,000 acres of leased Crow tribal ... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Research Launches Equinews.com

January 24, 2011

Horse owners, managers, trainers, and other industry professionals are always looking for accurate, dependable horse care information, especially if that information is focused on science-based nutrition. Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is proud to ... Read More

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Proposed Virginia Bill Amends Animal Welfare Code

January 21, 2011

Proposed legislation in Virginia would amend that state's animal welfare code to include care practices for horses and other livestock, but some equine rescue operators say the bill's language is confusing. Introduced on Jan. 12, HB 1541 would ... Read More

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Equine Welfare Council Discuss Options for Addressing Unwanted Horses

January 20, 2011

The Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council (EHWC) met January 19 in Frankfort to discuss the future of the unwanted horse in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rusty Ford, chairman of the council,, presided over the meeting that included members... Read More

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Suspicious Wisconsin Horse Death Not Caused by Cougar

January 14, 2011

A wild animal was not responsible for killing a Wisconsin horse, according to necropsy results on the horse, which were released last week.
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Colorado Man Sentenced in Barn Arson Case

January 14, 2011

A Colorado man was sentenced on Jan. 12 to serve more than 10 years in prison in connection with a barn fire that killed 12 horses and several other animals on May 9, 2010. The horses, a goat, and several chickens and roosters were r... Read More

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Readers Resolve to do Better in 2011

January 04, 2011

More than 330 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Did you fulfill for your horsey resolution for 2010?"... Read More

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South Carolina Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

January 04, 2011

Law enforcement authorities in Spartanburg County, S.C., are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting a Tennessee Walking Horse residing in a pasture in Inman. According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Deputy's report, the owner discovered the... Read More

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Arkansas Horse Trader Faces Cruelty Charges

January 03, 2011

An Arkansas man is facing more than 100 animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of horses on his Fulton County property. On Dec. 7, Fulton County Sheriff's Deputies discovered 117 allegedly malnourished and neglected... Read More

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HSUS Releases 2010 Humane State Ranking

December 31, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released its second annual "Humane State Ranking," a comprehensive report rating all 50 states on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with horses, pets, animal cruelty and fighting, farm ... Read More

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ELCR Strengthens Leadership Team

December 31, 2010

The Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) has made strategic moves to strengthen the organization and its leadership team through the addition of two individuals to the board of directors, Ken Haddad of Florida and Susan Harding of Maryland, and ... Read More

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More Than 100 Horses Seized from Arkansas Farm

December 23, 2010

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the American Humane Society recently seized 117 horses from a farm ... Read More

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Readers and Their Horses Get Into the Holiday Spirit

December 21, 2010

Exactly 740 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What are your horse's favorite holiday treats?"... Read More

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Bluegrass Equine Digest: A Year in Review

December 20, 2010

Now in its 19th issue, the Bluegrass Equine Digest continues to provide the latest news on equine research at the University of Kentucky (UK) for the benefit of horse owners all across the country. The UK Equine Initiative (which represents all ... Read More

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Horse Welfare Wars: When Emotion and Fact Collide (AAEP 2010)

December 16, 2010

Equine welfare and the growing population of horses needing homes are quickly becoming some of the major challenges that veterinarians face on a daily basis, according to Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, chairman of the Unwanted Horse Coalition, who ... Read More

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Horse Aid Live and Equine Health & Welfare Alliance Form Partnership

December 12, 2010

Horse Aid Live (HAL) and Equine Health and Welfare Alliance (EHWA) have formed a partnership to offer more resources for aiding the unwanted, homeless, and at-risk horse populations.

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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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