Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare

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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

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Horse Neglect: What to Do?

June 01, 2008

Experienced horse people who notice neglect should contact the proper authorities to ensure the best outcome for the horse involved.

Every morning on the way to work, you drive by a small pasture that contains seven... Read More

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The Seized Horse

June 01, 2008

The economy is hurting and many horse owners have lost their jobs, homes, and, in some cases, their horses. Drought, pressure to raise grain rather than hay, and rising fuel costs have pushed hay prices to unprecedented highs. In an ideal world,... Read More

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Track Safety Project Earns Award

May 31, 2008

The second annual Elastikon Equine Research Award, funded through a grant made by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, has been awarded to Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, DrMedVet... Read More

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ASPCA Seeks Nominees for Annual Humane Awards

May 31, 2008

As citizens across the country continue to make their way to the polls for the 2008 Presidential primaries, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is asking the public to cast one more ballot.

As it does every... Read More

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Horses Seized in California Ready for New Homes

May 30, 2008

Ten horses seized in a California abuse case have been released to go to new homes now that their former owner pleaded no contest to the charges against her.

"We will either auction the horses or sell them to a third party who already has... Read More

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Rescues Consider Cost of Equine Welfare Cases

May 30, 2008

In February the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) in Columbia, S.C., seized 45 horses. Four months and thousands of dollars later, the criminal cases against the animals' owners, Read More

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Share Your Thoughts: Theodore O'Connor Memory Wall

May 28, 2008

The Horse has set up an open blog so that readers can share their thoughts on and memories of Theodore O'Connor. It can be accessed through Read More

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FEI Investigates Alleged Abuse by Hoy Student

May 23, 2008

Three-time Olympic equestrian gold medalist Andrew Hoy appeared at hearing Thursday to answer accusations of horse abuse.

Hoy and Dutch eventer Madeleine Brugman, whom he trains, appeared before a three-member panel from the sport's... Read More

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Prosecutors Planning to Appeal Seized Horse Reimbursement Ruling

May 19, 2008

An attorney with the Jackson County, Mich., prosecutor's office said Monday he will appeal a Circuit Court ruling that horses at the center of a controversial animal cruelty case were improperly seized, and that their former owner be reimbursed... Read More

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Michigan County to Reimburse Abuse Defendants for Seized Horses

May 18, 2008

A Jackson County, Mich., judge ruled on Friday that James Henderson Jr. was improperly forced to forfeit 69 horses during a controversial animal cruelty case, and that he should be reimbursed for their value.

According to Ronald J. Fabian,... Read More

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Gaming Board Supports Horse Health and Welfare Efforts

May 17, 2008

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board this week approved a resolution which supports efforts to invest in horse health and welfare.

Commissioner Gary Sojka introduced the resolution and encouraged its passage as a way of showing the... Read More

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Equine Welfare Key No Matter the Outcome

May 17, 2008

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is prepared for "every potential outcome" on Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day, but no matter the result, developments in the area of equine health and welfare in the coming weeks and months are of... Read More

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NYC Horse Museum Exhibit Opening, Features ASPCA

May 15, 2008

An upcoming exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History focusing on the history of the horse will open to the public on May 17. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently announced it will participate in th... Read More

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Horse Industry: Don't Discount Animal Rights and Welfare Groups

May 09, 2008

Although their views and actions may at times be considered extreme and bizarre by some, animal rights and welfare groups have a large constituency, have proven effective at making their point, and shouldn't be disregarded when they seize on an... Read More

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HSUS Offers Reward for Info on Pony Dragging Death

May 09, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or people responsible for dragging a blind 10-year-old pony to death April 30 in... Read More

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Massachusetts Horse Cruelty Case Continued Again

May 07, 2008

While her owner ponders his legal options, Quincy, the lame 29-year-old mare at the center of a controversial animal cruelty case, remains in the care of an unnamed Massachusetts equine clinic.

"She's as well as can be expected," said... Read More

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PETA Demonstrates; Could Pursue Charges

May 06, 2008

A spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which staged a peaceful demonstration May 6 in front of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority office near Lexington, said similar demonstrations are planned for upcoming Triple... Read More

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Felony Charges in Michigan Horse Abuse Case Dismissed

May 01, 2008

A judge yesterday dismissed the felony animal torture charges leveled against two Grass Lake, Mich., men in a case that began more than one year ago.

According to attorney Ronald J. Fabian, who represents defendant Matt Mercier in the case,... Read More

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Animal Welfare Judging Competition Adds Veterinary Student Division

April 30, 2008

For the first time, veterinary students participated in the Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Competition, highlighting the increased attention veterinarians are receiving for their role in ensuring animal welfare.

Now in... Read More

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Trial Date Set for Colorado Rescue Abuse Case

April 23, 2008

A Colorado woman accused of starving more than 20 horses at a rescue facility pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges during an appearance in Larimer County District Court yesterday.

According to Linda Jensen, public information office... Read More

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HSUS Publishes Comprehensive Guide on Caring for Horses

April 18, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States Press has announced the release of The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Horse Care, an educational resource for first-time and experienced horse owners. The book includes... Read More

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Last Chance: Free Webinar on Understanding Foal Care Tonight

April 17, 2008

Sign up now to attend TheHorse.com's free live Webinar on Understanding Foal Care... Read More

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Former Owners Relieved to Find Seized Mare Alive

April 17, 2008

In the five years since selling Promise, breeders Eppie Ferry and daughter Terry Vince of Middlesex, N.C., worried about the Arabian broodmare's welfare.

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Mare Seized in South Carolina Abuse Case Delivers Healthy Foal

April 14, 2008

Caretakers of the horses seized in a recent South Carolina abuse case got some good news last month, when one of the mares delivered a full-term foal.

"She's just beautiful," said Kelly Graham, director of public relations for the Richland... Read More