Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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National Humane Group Files Brief in Michigan Horse Abuse Case

August 26, 2008

The American Humane Association (AHA) has filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Court of Appeals in connection with a controversial animal cruelty case involving Matt Mercier and James Henderson Jr., of Grass Lake, a move that is designed to... Read More

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Horse-Based Society; Amish Populations Expand

August 23, 2008

The Amish are expanding their presence in states far beyond Pennsylvania Dutch country as they search for affordable farmland to accommodate a population that has nearly doubled in the past 16 years, a new study found.

States such as... Read More

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Annual Equine Adventure Offers Horse Health Education, World Travel

August 21, 2008

Earlier this summer, a group of 25 U.S. veterinarians, horse owners, and trainers, took part in the ninth annual International Equine Adventure, organized by Ron Fuller, DVM , and Robert Miller, DVM. This year's excursion took the group to... Read More

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Rescue Operator Pleads Guilty to Cruelty Charge

August 18, 2008

Alesha Matchett, the woman accused of starving 16 horses at the Colorado animal rescue she once operated, has plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea agreement entered in Larimer County District court last week.... Read More

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Kentucky Offers Equine Abuse Investigation Course

August 15, 2008

A three day course on investigating equine abuse and neglect is offered by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) in cooperation with Morehead State University (MSU) October 1-3, 2008. The class is part of the KHC horse welfare program and is designed... Read More

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Horse at Center of Controversial Abuse Case Dies

August 11, 2008

Quincy, the aged mare at the center of a Massachusetts cruelty case, died Aug. 10, just two days before her owner is to appear in a Massachusetts court to face animal cruelty charges.

"She's gone, but we want the case... Read More

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HSUS Applauds AAEP White Paper on Horse Soring

August 08, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today applauded recommendations set out in the American Association of Equine Practitioners' newly released white paper, "Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for Ending the Soring of... Read More

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ASPCA Sponsors Hampton Classic Horse Show

August 04, 2008

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will be a sponsor of the Hampton Classic Horse Show, held in Bridgehampton, N.Y., from Sunday, August 24 to Sunday, August 31. This is the second consecutive year that the... Read More

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Effort to Identify Horses in Seized Herd Continues

August 04, 2008

Last February, the seizure of 45 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses from a South Carolina family made national headlines. As court proceedings against defendants Hazelene, James, and Terry Trexler about to move forward, the effort... Read More

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Free Safe-Guard Get Rotation Right Deworming Barn Chart

July 30, 2008

Updated and revised to reflect the latest approach to parasite management and reducing the growing threat of parasite drug resistance, the Safe-Guard Get Rotation Right deworming barn chart is available for free at Read More

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Equine Welfare Heads Jockey Club Round Table Agenda

July 30, 2008

The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee, which in June issued its initial recommendations calling for the elimination of anabolic steroids in training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, will provide an... Read More

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Vulture Attacks on Horses Reported in the Pyrenees

July 30, 2008

Allegedly lacking an adequate supply of carcasses, vultures in the Pyrenees mountains of France and Spain have been blamed for attacks on newborn foals and other livestock, according to several French news sources, including Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Pal, the... Read More