Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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Horse Killed in Minnesota Barn Fire

February 23, 2007

A barn fire has killed a horse near Fergus Falls, Minn.

Fire Chief Mark Hovland says the barn's owner noticed the fire around 5:30 a.m. Thursday and tried to save all of the horses. One horse died in the fire, but four others were... Read More

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S. Equi Confirmation Leads to Quarantine of Ky. Barn

February 23, 2007

Three horses at a private training center in La Grange, Ky., have been confirmed positive for Streptococcus equi, the bacterium that causes strangles. The Department of Agriculture has quarantined the barn. Two of the positive horses have... Read More

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Horse Kicks Through Trailer, Snarls Traffic on NYC Expressway

February 22, 2007

A racehorse kicked through the floor of a trailer on an expressway on Wednesday (Feb. 21), injuring itself and snarling traffic.

A motorist saw the horse's hoof sticking through the trailer around 4 p.m. and got the attention of the... Read More

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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

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Georgia Neglect Case: Defense Team Questions Seizure

February 20, 2007

The debate over seizure of 99 horses from a Pike County, Ga., farm rages on. While a veterinarian and the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture felt the seizure was the right thing to do, a family friend and the lawyer for the two people now... Read More

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Help Drought-Stressed Pastures Recover

February 20, 2007

Severe drought hit big parts of cattle country last year, but weather patterns might have turned. Many dried-up pastures are now getting significant winter moisture. That typically means a spring invasion of broadleaf weeds into grass, said Dr.... Read More

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Subcommittee to Focus on Role of Equine ID in Animal Health

February 19, 2007

The role of individual equine identification in animal health is the theme for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Equine ID Subcommittee meeting, which will be held during the annual conference in Sacramento, Calif., April 2-5,... Read More

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KEEP Renews Push for Tax-Equity Legislation

February 19, 2007

The Kentucky Equine Education Project recently announced a renewed push for legislation that would remove the sales tax on equine feed and supplies in Kentucky.

“This is a continuation of what KEEP has done in the past, and we thought it... Read More

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Two Teens Charged in Eastern Ky. Horse Shootings

February 18, 2007

Two Eastern Kentucky teenagers were in jail Jan. 31, accused of killing three horses and wounding several more of the animals, which are used for trail rides at a park on the Kentucky-Virginia state line.

Police told the Lexington... Read More

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Horse Rescued from Swimming Pool

February 16, 2007

A horse in Hampshire, U.K., was rescued Thursday (Feb. 15) after going for an accidental swim, the BBC reported. The mare escaped from her paddock and... Read More

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American Horse Council Supporting USDA Quarantine Facility Proposal

February 15, 2007

The American Horse Council (AHC) is supporting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rules that would permit the establishment and operation of permanent, privately-owned quarantine facilities.

The AHC has been calling for... Read More

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Kentucky Producer Wins National PBS Award for Equine Documentary

February 15, 2007

A Lexington, Ky., producer and horse owner has brought national attention to Kentucky with her equine documentary. On Jan. 26, the PBS National Educational Television Association (NETA) announced that Christine Amerman's Read More

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Officials Meet on Proposed Kentucky Horse Sale Legislation

February 14, 2007

Negotiations over proposed Kentucky legislation that would require disclosure of ownership and veterinary records of horses sold at public auction were held Feb. 13 at Keeneland in Lexington, with some tentative settlement plans discussed that... Read More

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Study: Horse Riding New Zealand's Most Dangerous Sport

February 14, 2007

A New Zealand Medical Journal study has deemed horse riding to be the most dangerous sport, The Dominion Post reported.

According to the... Read More

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Proposed Kentucky Horse Sales Legislation Tabled

February 14, 2007

Proposed Kentucky legislation that sparked controversy in the Thoroughbred auction community was tabled Feb. 14 after a compromise was reached between the bill’s backers and several entities related to the commonwealth’s signature... Read More

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Free as a Donkey: Runaway Equine Frustrating Owners

February 13, 2007

An exasperated farmer has tried for weeks to corral his runaway donkey. He tried coaxing her. He tried tranquilizing her. He even tried using a horse whisperer. But Jenny the donkey has proven to be elusive, evading capture and enduring bitter... Read More

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Maryland Caravan to Deliver Hay to Seized Horses

February 13, 2007

A caravan of 10 trailers will set out on Saturday (Feb. 17), carrying more than 480 donated hay bales to 72 horses seized from a Sharpsburg, Md., farm in early December.

The horses are in the custody of the Washington County Humane Society... Read More

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Volunteers Rescue Struggling Horse from Icy Mont. Pond

February 12, 2007

Several rescuers managed to pull a horse from a pond in Kalispell, Mont., where the animal struggled in the water after breaking through thin ice.

Jerry Fredericks glanced out the window of his home Saturday morning and saw the horse in the... Read More

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Woman Charged with Starving Deaths of Six Horses

February 12, 2007

A Columbia Falls, Mont., woman is to appear March 1 in District Court in the starvation deaths of at least six horses and severe malnourishment of two others.

A ninth horse is missing.

Tina Pickton, also known as Tina Houston, 32, is... Read More

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American Horse Council Unveils New Web Site

February 11, 2007

Keeping abreast of national legislation and regulations that affect all members of the horse industry just got a little easier. The American Horse Council's newly improved Web site provides information on issues in Washington, D.C.,... Read More

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State Requesting Separate Trial Date for Md. Neglect Case

February 09, 2007

The Sharpsburg, Md., woman whose 74 horses were seized by animal welfare officials in December is scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The State has elected to not summon the volunteers and veterinarians... Read More

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Alberta Wild Horse Shootings: New Evidence Found

February 08, 2007

Members of the Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said they hope several items found in the area where seven wild horses have been killed since December will help lead them to the shooter, Read More

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Horse Trainer Acquitted of Animal Cruelty

February 08, 2007

A former leading harness racing trainer was acquitted Tuesday (Feb. 6) of a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge that has kept him from racing since 2005, Read More

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Two Horses Die in Ohio Fire

February 03, 2007

A retired carriage horse and another horse were among six animals that died in a blaze on a farm Jan. 31 near Hanover Township, Ohio, according to an article on Cincinnati.com, the Web site of The Enquirer (Read More

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Belize Horse Dies After Struck by Car

February 03, 2007

A common practice in Belize is for horse owners to tie their animals to trees near roads. This has resulted in problems such as horses getting the ropes around their legs and being injured or cutting off circulation to that limb. In the latest... Read More