Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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Bankruptcy Myths

June 01, 2010

Since October 2006, when bankruptcy law went through a significant overhaul, that added filing limitations and consumer protections, bankruptcy filings have shown a steady rise. There are no reliable figures on how many bankruptcies involve horse ... Read More

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Plea Deal Ends South Dakota Barrel Horse Theft Case

May 29, 2010

A South Dakota man has been sentenced to spend the next three consecutive Fourth of July holidays behind bars after pleading guilty to charges connected to the theft and injury of a champion barrel horse last year.

Owner Wendy... Read More

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Authorities Probe Bullying Link to Horse Death

May 29, 2010

Law enforcement and authorities in Monongalia County, W.V., are investigating the death of a horse that could be linked to high school bullying.

In a written statement, Monongalia County Sheriff Kenneth "Al" Kisner sa... Read More

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Computer System Helps in Foot Surgery

May 28, 2010

Computer-assisted surgery (CAS) with a passive optical tracking system is the new future for repairing internal hoof fractures, providing highly accurate placement of screws and the chance for "perfect" results, according to a new stu... Read More

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Departed Champions To Be Remembered on Memorial Day

May 27, 2010

This Memorial Day, Old Friends will pay tribute to some special Thoroughbred champions.
On May 31, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., will have a commemorative service for eight retirees that have passed... Read More

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Plea Entered in New York Cruelty Case

May 27, 2010

A New York Morgan horse breeder and trainer accused of maltreating animals at her Erie County farm pleaded not guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges during an appearance in East Aurora Town Court on May 26.

In March, the Society ... Read More

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Welfare and Safety Summit Announces Agenda

May 26, 2010

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced May 25 a wide-ranging agenda of health and safety issues for Thoroughbred racing for the third summit, scheduled for June 28-29 at the Keeneland sale pavilion in Lexington.

All of... Read More

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Maryland Rescue Farm to Host Carnival

May 25, 2010

The 73 horses living at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, Md., eagerly await visitors at the nonprofit rescue's 21st Annual Spring Carnival on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Games, fun, horses, and a yard ... Read More

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Nevada BLM Roundup Case Dismissed

May 25, 2010

A lawsuit aimed at preventing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from conducting wild horse gathers at the Calico Mountain Complex Herd Management Area in Nevada failed on May 24 when a federal judge dismissed the case.

The suit cla... Read More

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Outdoor Equine Expo to Highlight Ontario Horse Industry

May 21, 2010

Canada's inaugural Outdoor Equine Expo, scheduled for June 4-7, will target all horse owners in the Ontario area, from elite professionals to young riders. The all-breeds and all-discipline event will be held at the Arkell Research Station,... Read More

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Thoroughbred Breeder Gets Maximum Sentence for Neglect

May 21, 2010

Citing a "failure to recognize" bad acts and a "lack of remorse," Judge George J. Pulver Jr. on May 18 handed down the maximum possible sentence to prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder Ernest Paragallo. Convicted on 33 c... Read More

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NY Farm Operator Faces Cruelty Charges

May 17, 2010

A New York farm operator faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged neglect of 73 horses that were removed from her Erie County property in March.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) ... Read More

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Oklahoma Horsemen Rally After Tornado Strike

May 13, 2010

Members of Oklahoma's equestrian community are uniting to help their neighbors rebound after a fierce tornado whipped through the state on May 10. The storm demolished homes and barns in its path, and left several horses dead or injured.Read More

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Equine Gunshot Survivor Off to New Home

May 13, 2010

Picaro, the Paso Fino stallion shot in the head when his despondent owner apparently killed himself and his wife, is off to his new home in Virginia. After four months of care through Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass., the horse is en ro... Read More

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Thoroughbred Trainer Convicted of Cruelty Charges Released Early

May 12, 2010

A former Thoroughbred horse trainer who pleaded guilty to multiple animal cruelty counts earlier this year was released from jail on May 12 after serving 126 days of his 180-day sentence.

Chad Moore was charged with 12 counts of anim... Read More

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C. Gattii Fungus May Not Pose Serious Equine Threat

May 11, 2010

The fungus might not pose a serious threat to horses, according to researchers familiar with the situation. ... Read More

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Canadian Authorities Probe Horse Deaths

May 10, 2010

Canadian animal welfare and law enforcement authorities are investigating the deaths of 40 horses discovered crowded near a fence at the Peigan Reserve in Southern Alberta. The horses were among more than 1,000 equines residing on the reserve. ... Read More

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Eight Equine Groups Support AHC's Welfare Code of Practice

May 04, 2010

Eight equine organizations have signed on in support of the American Horse Council's National Welfare Code of Practice. The Welfare Code outlines in generic terms what it means for an organization to be committed to the responsible breeding... Read More

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Ohio Woman Convicted on Cruelty Counts

May 03, 2010

An Ohio woman has been found guilty on more than 40 counts of second-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty for maltreating Arabian horses on her Oak Harbor farm. An Ottawa County Municipal Court jury returned the verdicts April 30.

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Free Horse Castration Clinic Offered in Minnesota

April 28, 2010

The Animal Humane Society (AHS), in partnership with the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition and the Minnesota Horse Council, will offer a free, one-day horse castration clinic on May 15 at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge, Minn., throu... Read More

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Organic Zinc, Copper May Help Horsehair Health

April 23, 2010

Organic forms of zinc and copper could have beneficial effects on the mechanical properties of horsehair.... Read More

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Supreme Court Rules Free Speech Trumps Animal Cruelty Videos

April 21, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a federal law banning the "commercial creation, sale, or possession of certain depictions of animal cruelty." The court, on an 8-1 vote April 20, declared the federal law too broad and ... Read More

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Kids Science Website Features 37-Year-Old Horse

April 15, 2010

Equine Science 4 Kids! is a redesigned, interactive youth component now available on the Rutgers Equine Science Center website. It features an illustrated version of Lord Nelson, a 37-year old American Quarter Horse, as the figurehead to guide youth ... Read More

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California Anti-Slaughter Bill Advances

April 15, 2010

A bill instructing California's congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would forbid the transport of horses to horse processing plants in Canada and Mexico took a step toward passage on April 15 when the state’s ... Read More

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ASPCA Announces $200,000 Grant for San Diego County Horses

April 13, 2010

ASPCA Funding Will Provide Care and Support for Abused and Neglected Horses in San Diego County... Read More