Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare


Veterinary Group Opposes New Slaughter Legislation

July 30, 2008

U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearings on new anti-slaughter legislation will begin July 31, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has gone on... Read More


Eventer Hoy Cleared on Abuse Charges

July 25, 2008

Three-time Olympic equestrian gold medalist Andrew Hoy was cleared July 24 on charges of abusing a horse.

The Australian and Dutch eventer Madeleine Brugman, whom he trains, had been accused by the Fédération Equestre... Read More


Welfare Groups Meet to Discuss At-Risk Horses

July 24, 2008

Twenty five national and state-based equine-protection, placement, and rescue organizations gathered Tuesday for the second Homes for Horses Coalition Conference to discuss the re-homing of at-risk horses in America. The Humane Society of the... Read More


Airlite Pasture Sweepers

July 23, 2008

Airlite introduces a professional range of pasture sweepers with 48 in. and 72 in. wide versions.

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Shetland Pony Ambassadors Settled in Hong Kong

July 21, 2008

The Shetland ponies donated to the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation officially changed hands July 10 in a special ceremony. The American Shetland Pony Club donated the ponies to salute Hong Kong's efforts in hosting the... Read More


Horsemen's Group Hosts Racehorse Welfare and Safety Forum

July 21, 2008

During a July 18 equine welfare and safety forum, Jay Hickey recalled that in 1982, legislation to regulate parts of the horseracing industry was circulated in the halls of Congress. The bill, which had the not-so-enticing name of the "Corrupt... Read More


Horses Seized at Illegal Oklahoma Racetrack Sold at Auction

July 20, 2008

A raid on an illegal racetrack in Oklahoma last year resulted in seizure and retainment of 40 of the 70 horses rounded up at that time. Twenty-five of those horses were sold at auction yesterday (July 19) during a three-hour auction at Heritage... Read More


ASPCA Awards Grants to 19 Equine Groups

July 11, 2008

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently announced its equine grant recipients for the second quarter of 2008. From April through June 2008, the ASPCA dispensed grants totaling $127,500 to nineteen equine... Read More


California Horse Sanctuary Manager Convicted of Cruelty

July 08, 2008

The manager of a horse sanctuary shut down last month by Los Angeles County, Calif., authorities will spend more than two years in prison after being convicted on animal cruelty... Read More


Welfare Group Pushing for Rome Horse Carriage Ban

July 08, 2008

Tourists love to view the Colosseum and other famous landmarks in Rome, Italy, from the back of a horse-drawn carriage but animal rights activists said Tuesday it's time to ban the practice.

Traffic, pollution, heat and heavy carriages... Read More


Iowa State to Co-Host International Symposium on Animal Welfare and Epidemiology

July 07, 2008

Iowa State University will hold a first-ever conference on animal welfare and epidemiology July 14-16.

"Welfare and Epidemiology Conference: Across Species, Across Disciplines and Across Borders" will be held at the Gateway Hotel an... Read More


Horse Caretaker Denies Cruelty Accusation

July 06, 2008

A Las Animas County, Colo., man has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals and 31 horses have been removed from his care.

Ferdinand "Fernando" Santana was arrested Tuesday after authorities said some of the horses appeared to b... Read More


Track Security Increased after Incidents in Jones' Barn

July 02, 2008

Two horses in the care of Larry Jones at Delaware Park were mysteriously found turned out from their stalls on consecutive recent nights, leading to the firing of an employee of the trainer and an investigation by track officials.

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Horse Missing in Kentucky Wildlife Management Area

June 30, 2008

A black Arabian gelding named "Leggs" was lost at Kleber Wildlife Management Area on June 25. Kleber is a 2,575-acre preserve and trail system, about halfway between Frankfort and Owenton, Ky.

According to a notice distributed by the... Read More


Two Horses Hit by Truck after Escape from Track

June 27, 2008

Two horses that escaped from the backside of River Downs Racetrack were struck and killed by a truck in the early morning hours of June 26, according to John Englehardt, director of publicity at the Cincinnati, Ohio-area oval.

According to... Read More


Transcript: Talkin' Horses with Welfare Advocate Alex Brown

June 27, 2008

Alex Brown has worked in horseracing on-and-off in North America for 20 years. He spent most of this time at the Fair Hill Training Center. Alex also runs, a site that... Read More


Police in Scotland Investigating Horse Mutilations

June 27, 2008

While owners keep a close eye on the horses in their pastures, police in Scotland are investigating a series of attacks that have resulted in the mutilation of five horses. One horse was euthanized as a result of its injuries.

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Animal Welfare Group Tours Hong Kong Olympic Stables

June 25, 2008

Representatives of the Animal Welfare Advisory Group (AWAG) visited the Sha Tin and Beas River Olympic equestrian facilities in Hong Kong June 24.

"It's very impressive," said AWAG spokesperson Chan Pui-tin. "Before I came here I had a lot... Read More


Sally Swift Receives Equine Industry Vision Award

June 23, 2008

Pfizer Animal Health and American Horse Publications (AHP) presented Sally Swift with the seventh annual Equine Industry Vision Award at a ceremonial breakfast held during the AHP "Break from the Gate in 2008" seminar in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.... Read More


Horses Seized from California Sanctuary

June 18, 2008

Nearly 90 horses remain under veterinarians' care at undisclosed locations after officials removed them from the Equus Sanctuary in Pearblossom, Calif.

"They were desperately in need of food and water," said Michelle Roache, deput... Read More


HSUS Animal Rescue Team Deployed to Iowa Floods

June 16, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has deployed a team of trained specialists to offer logistical support and supplies, as well as perform water rescue of animals displaced by the floods. Mass flooding across Iowa has forced thousand... Read More


Michigan Horse Abuse Case Heads to Appeals Court

June 13, 2008

The long-running and controversial horse abuse case in Jackson County, Mich., took yet another turn Thursday, when the Michigan Court of Appeals agreed to hear arguments about whether the felony charges against defendants Matt Mercier and James... Read More


U.K. Groups Introduce National Equine Welfare Protocol

June 12, 2008

Several U.K. equine welfare groups today became signatories to the new National Equine Welfare Protocol.

The protocol sets out guidelines for how cases of equine neglect and abuse should be reported and handled, and what the relevant... Read More


HSUS Opening Oregon Horse Sanctuary and Rescue Facility

June 10, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will open a new 1,120-acre horse sanctuary and rescue facility in Douglas County, Ore. This will be the organization's fourth major animal care facility.

The new Duchess Sanctuary is made... Read More


AVMA Adds Animal Welfare Page to Web site

June 10, 2008

To help veterinarians and the general public understand the complexity and passion behind animal welfare issues, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched its first Web section devoted entirely to animal welfare information... Read More