Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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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

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Illinois Track Implements Welfare Plan

January 28, 2009

To make its position on horse slaughter clear, Fairmount Park in Illinois has put in place a zero-tolerance policy that would take stalls away from trainers linked to that industry. The track has also created an adoption program for Fairmount... Read More

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Eclipse Award Winners to be Announced Today

January 26, 2009

The anticipation for many Thoroughbred owners, breeders, trainers, and their connections will soon be over as the Eclipse Awards for Thoroughbred racing's champions of 2008 will be announced today, Jan. 26 at a ceremony in Miami, Fla. The... Read More

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North Dakota Bill To Study Impact of Equine Slaughter Facility

January 24, 2009

North Dakota legislators are advancing a plan that would allow the nation's only equine slaughter facility to be built in that state, according to an article on Read More

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AQHA Welfare Group Releases Plans for Racing, Breeding, Shows

January 19, 2009

The American Quarter Horse Association's Executive Committee has approved recommendations from the Animal Welfare Assurance Task Force, and the association is moving forward to implement the suggestions.

The association's main objectives ar... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Legislation Reintroduced

January 16, 2009

New legislation aimed at stemming the export of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Jan. 14. Sponsored by Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich) and... Read More

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Appeals Court Ponders Michigan Abuse Case

January 14, 2009

Lawyers on both sides of a controversial horse abuse case appeared before the Michigan Court of Appeals on Jan. 13 seeking a decision on whether felony animal cruelty charges against James Henderson, Jr., and Matt Mercier should be... Read More

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University of Minnesota Offers Webinars for Horse Owners

January 14, 2009

The University of Minnesota Horse Team will begin offering quarterly "Lunch and Learn" Webinars (Web-based seminars) on a variety of horse-related topics. The Webinars will be held on the third Wednesday of January, April, July, and October from... Read More

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Plea Entered in Oregon Horse Shooting Case

January 14, 2009

Russell Willeford, the Oregon man accused of shooting and abandoning a 6-year-old Arabian gelding in the Deschutes National Forest near Sisters, Ore., made his first appearance in Deschutes County Circuit Court Jan. 12. He pleaded not guilty to... Read More

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HSUS, Parelli Trainers to Work Together

January 13, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is joining forces with natural horsemanship trainers Pat and Linda Parelli to spotlight the trainability and intelligence of rescued horses. At each of seven U.S. venues for Parelli's 2009... Read More

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Kentucky Gathering Information on Abandoned Horses

January 06, 2009

In order to measure the scope of horse abandonment in the state, the Kentucky Horse Council is seeking firsthand reports from people who have encountered abandoned horses. These animals include horses running at large, horses left at sale... Read More

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Charges Filed in Pennsylvania Pony Abuse Case

December 30, 2008

A Pennsylvania man accused of mistreating 11 ponies and one donkey has been formally charged with 38 counts of animal cruelty. Joseph Mayer was charged with 12 counts of inadequate sustenance, 13 counts of unsanitary confinement, and 13 counts o... Read More

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South Carolina Horse Abuse Case Remains Unresolved

December 29, 2008

Last February, the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) of Columbia, S.C., seized 45 allegedly malnourished and neglected horses from Hazelene, James, and Terry Trexler. Nearly one year later, the horses... Read More

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2009 Horsin' Around Conference Will Feature Trainers

December 28, 2008

This year's Horsin' Around Conference, scheduled Feb. 14-15, 2009, will feature presenters from diverse areas of equine training.

The event will be held at the RB Warren Arena in the Animal Science Complex on University of Nebraska-Lincoln's... Read More

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USDA Releases NAIS Veterinarian's Toolkit

December 25, 2008

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released A Veterinarian's Toolkit for use with the National Animal... Read More

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Iowa State Veterinary Students Excel in Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment

December 25, 2008

Iowa State University veterinary medicine students took high honors at the Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Competition recently. ISU-UNL second-year student Jennafer Glaesemann, Fairbury, Neb., placed first in the individual competition,... Read More