Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare


AP Review: Lab Incidents with Deadly Germs on the Rise

October 02, 2007

American laboratories handling the world's deadliest germs and toxins have experienced more than 100 accidents and missing shipments since 2003, and the number is increasing steadily as more labs across the country are approved to do the work.... Read More


Winding Down

October 01, 2007

Giving your horse a break from training can result in a healthier, happier horse--if you do it correctly. ... Read More


Welfare Group Fundraising for Feed

September 30, 2007

Dreamchaser PMU Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc. is having a fundraiser to purchase hay and grain for 38 rescued mares and foals, weanlings, and yearlings.

Hay is costing the rescue grou... Read More


Indiana Horse Panel Limits Use of Steroids

September 29, 2007

Race-day regulation restricts substances

Concentrations of certain steroids would be limited in horses on days they race in Indiana under regulations approved by the state's Horse Racing Commission.

Commission member... Read More


EquiFest of Kansas 2008 Announces Details

September 28, 2007

EquiFest of Kansas officials have announced details for EquiFest of Kansas 2008, to be held Feb. 22-24 at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, Kan. This celebration of horses, now in its eleventh year, will feature world-class clinicians from all ove... Read More


BLM Closes Corral After Horse Deaths

September 27, 2007

Federal officials temporarily shut down the National Wild Horse and Burro Center in northern Nevada on Wednesday, where 130 horses have died from health problems that could pose a threat to workers and visitors.

The voluntary closure of the... Read More


University of Alaska Aims to Increase Number of Rural Area Vet Techs

September 25, 2007

A pilot program aimed at increasing the number of veterinary technicians in rural Alaska is going into full swing this fall.

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a certificate focusing on veterinary science, to be... Read More


Georgia Official Says Horse Abuse, Neglect On The Uptick

September 23, 2007

Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin says horse abuse and neglect is on the rise statewide.

A drought that led to hay shortages, the closing of horse slaughterhouses, a downturn in the... Read More


Illinois Prosecutor Plans Horse Case Charges; Lawyer Denies Neglect

September 22, 2007

Coles County, Ill., state's attorney Steve Ferguson plans to file charges in the alleged horse neglect incident, but he wants to see reports on each of the nearly 60 horses first.

Attorney Michael Tague of Champaign, Ill., who is representing... Read More


Storm Warnings Issued Along Gulf Coast

September 21, 2007

Severe weather, including a tornado, damaged about 50 homes in central Florida, before the system became a tropical depression Friday and had parts of the Gulf Coast under tropical storm warnings.

The tornado touched down late Thursday and... Read More


Second 'Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse' Summit Planned

September 20, 2007

Participants from the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit announced a second summit is scheduled for March 17-18, 2008, at Keeneland. In addition, members on Sept. 20... Read More


ASPCA Forensic Veterinarian to Present at American Humane Conference

September 19, 2007

Melinda Merck, DVM, forensic veterinarian with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will present at the American Humane Association's annual conference in Alexandria, Va. next week.

Merck frequently testifies as a... Read More


HSUS Releases Statement on NYC Carriage Horse Death

September 18, 2007

In light of the recent death of a carriage horse in New York City, the Humane Society of the United States reiterated its call for more humane working conditions, and suggested removing horses from congested city streets and implementing the... Read More


Wandering Oklahoma Zebra Returned Home

September 18, 2007

The mystery of the wandering zebra has been solved. Sharon McConough, who lives in the Ranger Creek, Okla., area east of Fort Gibson Dam, was startled on Friday when she spotted a zebra trotting on her driveway. She took a photo of the animal... Read More


Australians Seek American Help in Fight Against Equine Influenza

September 16, 2007

In a Sept. 14 meeting at Keeneland Race Course, William Inglis and Son – Australia’s leading Thoroughbred sales agency since 1867 – sought American help to fight the ramifications of an equine influenza outbreak that could result in the loss of... Read More


Spat Over Horse Manure Wafts Into Court

September 16, 2007

A Milford, Conn., man has filed a lawsuit against his neighbor, claiming he can't sell his house because of the smell of horse manure from next door. In court documents filed in Superior Court, Gino Sciortino claims Helen Catlin is permitting... Read More


Aspen Riding Helmet

September 14, 2007

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Montana Man Faces 16 Cruelty Counts

September 14, 2007

Authorities have filed 16 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty against a Corvallis, Mont., man, after reporting they found dozens of neglected horses, dogs, pigs, and other animals on his property last month.

The case met criteria for felon... Read More


Hurricane Humberto Hits Texas; Category 1 Expected to Weaken

September 13, 2007

Hurricane Humberto crashed ashore along southeast Texas early Thursday, bringing heavy rains and maximum sustained winds of up to 80 mph as it made its way to Louisiana, the National Weather Service said.

The Category 1 storm made landfall... Read More


Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Web Site Updated

September 12, 2007

The Web site reporting progress stemming from the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit  has... Read More


North Carolina Drought Continues Despite Tropical Storm

September 11, 2007

North Carolina's first tropical storm of the year did virtually nothing to ease drought in the few coastal counties it touched, so the state's hopes Monday turned to a forecast o... Read More


ASPCA Issues Statement on NYC Carriage Horse Report

September 09, 2007

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) released a statement Sept. 6 praising the New York City Comptroller's recently released Audit Report on the... Read More


Iowa Man Fined $334 in Horse Neglect Case

September 08, 2007

A Montrose, Iowa, man who authorities say starved and abused his eight horses and one foal was fined $334 after he pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty.

Michael Jacob Cain, 30, pleaded guilty Sept. 6 in Lee County district court.... Read More


Walking Horse Trainers, Inspectors Get Credit for Successful Celebration

September 07, 2007

The 69th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, held Aug. 22 through Sept. 1,  was pronounced a success by show managers, competitors, and trainers who said the event marked a milestone of cooperation among inspectors and... Read More


Authorities Seize Animals from Allegedly Neglected Menagerie

September 07, 2007

Law enforcement officers in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, checking on a complaint about an abused horse found nearly two dozen neglected animals living inside a double-wide trailer home--including two whitetail deer stashed inside the... Read More