Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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ASPCA Grants $10K for Equine Sanctuary Inspections

March 11, 2009

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has granted $10,000 to the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). The funds will support the GFAS Equine Sanctuary Site Inspection program.

GFAS helps sanctuarie... Read More

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Evidence Shows Horses Domesticated Earlier Than Thought

March 08, 2009

Research indicates the Botai culture, on the steppes of what is now northern Kazakhstan, domesticated horses about 5,500 years ago. That's 1,000 years earlier than was previously believed.

According to an article in the Read More

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Photography Project to Highlight Equine Welfare Work

March 05, 2009

Members of the Equine Photographers Network, a group of more than 500 photographers from around the world who specialize in the photography of horses, will focus their lenses on story projects that will highlight the plight of horses in need.... Read More

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Traffic, Opposition Result in Rome Carriage Ban

March 03, 2009

Weekday tourists to Rome's historic center will no longer enjoy the sights at a horse's pace.

City authorities have withdrawn carriage licenses following opposition by animal rights activists, combined with several equine deaths in 200... Read More

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Churchill Downs Implements Safety and Welfare Plan

March 02, 2009

Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced a series of new rules and policies designed to enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses. The measures will be in place at Churchill Downs racetrack in advance of the this year's Kentucky... Read More

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Equine Welfare Challenges

March 01, 2009

Last year welfare of the horse in the United States reached the consciousness of not only the industry, but also the general public. The horse and veterinary industries have long addressed issues of equine welfare as it relates to competition, and... Read More

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Charges Filed in Canada Horse Abandonment Case

February 27, 2009

An Edmonton, Alberta, lawyer has been charged with three counts of animal cruelty after abandoning his two horses in the British Columbia wilderness last year.

On the recommendation of the British Columbia (B.C.) SPCA, Frank Mackay was... Read More

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Equine Welfare Brochure Available to AAEP Members

February 25, 2009

Equine welfare is one of the major focus areas of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). In recent months, the topic of equine welfare has further grown in importance due to the increasing number of unwanted horses.... Read More

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Donkeys, Horse Among 311 Animals Seized from Kentucky Rescue

February 22, 2009

Two donkeys and a horse were among 311 animals seized from the Clean Slate Animal Rescue in Columbia, Ky., according to an article on kentucky.com.

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KEEP Chairman: Gaming Legislation Likely in Kentucky

February 19, 2009

The chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) said Feb. 18 he expects gaming-related legislation benefitting the Kentucky horse industry to pass--but he's not sure when.

Thoroughbred owner and breeder Brereton Jones, a former... Read More

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List of States Introducing Slaughter Legislation Grows

February 19, 2009

Twelve state legislatures are now considering measures to express their support of or actively encourage the reestablishment of U.S. horse processing plants.

Resolutions indicating opposition to HR 503, the federal... Read More

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Kentucky Horsemen Make Case to Legislators

February 17, 2009

More than 100 people who make their living in the Kentucky horse industry made their case to three Northern Kentucky legislators Feb. 16, and the message was clear: The economics must change or the state will lose a valuable asset.

The... Read More

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Australia Fires: Lost and Found Horse Registry Launched

February 17, 2009

Equine charity Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria (PHHWV) has launched a lost and found registry for horses misplaced during the recent bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria. The registry can be accessed via the Read More

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AAEP Releases Racing Safety and Welfare Recommendations

February 16, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners today issued guidelines for protecting the health of the Thoroughbred racehorse. The white paper, "Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for the Safety and Welfare of the Thoroughbre... Read More

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Back to Basics Horse Institute Planned at Auburn

February 13, 2009

An educational symposium for Alabama horse owners and managers--be they beginners or experienced equestrians--will be held March 28 at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn. The program will address everything from horse health to pasture... Read More

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Montana Lawmakers Ponder Slaughter Plant Legislation

February 12, 2009

Legislators in Montana are considering a proposed measure to encourage private investor horse slaughter plant development in that state. The bill's author says the measure is intended to both create jobs in Montana, and address the state's... Read More

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Seized Chicago Carriage Horses Find Temporary Home in Suburbs

February 11, 2009

Six Chicago horses belonging to J.C. Cutters Ltd. carriage company were seized on Friday, Feb. 6, amid conflicting reports on the reason for--and questions on the legality of--the action. The horses were taken to Flanery Farms, a private boardin... Read More

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Wagon Driver Injured, Horses Killed in Highway Crash

February 11, 2009

A man is in critical condition and two Percheron horses are dead after they were hit by an 18-wheel truck yesterday in Mississippi.

Bob Skelding, of Deerfield, N.H., was travelling across the United States in a homemade wagon drawn by his... Read More

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Readers Vote on TheHorse.com's Equine Focus

February 08, 2009

Close to 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Would you like to see a special section on TheHorse.com that is about your other companion animals (dogs and cats)?"

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Officials Remove Six Horses from a Chicago Carriage Company

February 07, 2009

Acting on a complaint, Chicago Animal Care and Control investigators removed six horses belonging to J.C. Cutters Horse Drawn Carriages, according to an article in the Chicago... Read More

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Funds Available for Research on Effects of Horses on Humans

February 04, 2009

The Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) is inviting proposals for studies to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation's broad research agenda includes basic research, as well as clinical studie... Read More

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Guilty Verdicts in Montana Pack Horse Case

February 03, 2009

A father and son from Georgia were found guilty Jan. 30 of 21 counts of animal cruelty for overworking and neglecting four horses during a pack trip last summer through the mountains of Montana.

Ravalli County Justice Court Judge... Read More

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Horse Council Forum to Highlight Welfare Issues

February 02, 2009

The focus this year's American Horse Council (AHC) National Issues Forum will be the "Welfare of the Horse." The Forum will be held June 16, 2009, in Washington, D.C., as part of the AHC's annual meeting.

Over the last year, concerns about... Read More

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Civil Lawsuits Filed Against Horse Abuse Case Prosecutors

February 02, 2009

Two members of the Trexler family have filed civil lawsuits in South Carolina Federal and State courts alleging that animal cruelty charges filed against them in a longstanding criminal case were brought unjustly. The lawsuits seek in excess of... Read More

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Equine Product 'Surpass' Purchased by Boehringer Ingelheim

January 28, 2009

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) recently announced it has purchased the product Surpass (1% diclofenac sodium) from Idexx Laboratories Inc. Surpass will be marketed through the existing animal health distribution channels and... Read More