Equine Welfare & Legislation


Horse Bones Found in Trexler Probe

March 01, 2008

Investigators searching for dead horses on land once owned by the family of a suspended (South Carolina) state official on Friday picked through a South Carolina field marking spots where they found bones or thought shallow graves were dug for... Read More


HSUS Offering Reward for Info on Indiana Horse Shooting

February 20, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person responsible for shooting a 29-year-old Quarter Horse. The horse was found dead i... Read More


University of Maryland Offering Pasture Management for Horse Owners

February 18, 2008

The University of Maryland is embarking on a new effort to train horse farm owners about environmentally sound best management practices for horse pastures.

The University is leading a statewide team of experts to develop a 5.5-acre model... Read More


45 Panelists Named for California Synthetic Surface Forum

February 18, 2008

There are 45 panelists confirmed for a special California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) forum to discuss synthetic track surfaces Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.

Separate panels are scheduled to be represented by jockeys, synthetic track manufacturer... Read More


ASPCA Investigating New York Carriage Horse Death

February 11, 2008

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), in looking into the Feb. 7 death of a carriage horse in his stable, has been asked to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the New York City Department of... Read More


Regulator: Stop Steroid Use Now

February 03, 2008

A national regulator said uniform implementation of regulations for anabolic steroids in racehorses isn’t practical and suggested horsemen “come clean to the races” voluntarily beginning April 1.

Ed Martin, president of the Association of... Read More


Michigan State Hosting Talk on Joint Injections

February 01, 2008

Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting an equine health lecture on the use and abuse of intra-articular joint treatments.

The seminar will take place Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Veterinary... Read More


New Commissioners Appointed to Texas Animal Health Group

January 31, 2008

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Ernie Morales of Devine as presiding officer of the Texas Animal Health Commission. He also appointed six new members for terms to expire Sept. 6, 2013. The commission works to protect and enhance the health of animal... Read More


South Dakota Legislators Kill Slaughter Incentive Bill

January 29, 2008

A bill that would make a state-funded loan of up to $1 million available to construct a horse slaughtering facility in South Dakota is no longer under consideration.

A spokesperson for Sen. Jay Duenwald, chair of the state's Senate Agriculture... Read More


Animal Disaster Planning Legislation Introduced in Washington State

January 28, 2008

According to a statement released by The Humane Society of the United States, more than 1,200 animals died during the recent floods that ravaged southwest Washington State. The majority were farm animals and horses that could not escape and... Read More


South Dakota Legislators to Consider Horse Slaughter Plant Incentive

January 27, 2008

A bill that would make a state-funded loan of up to $1 million available to construct a horse slaughtering facility in South Dakota is scheduled for a hearing in the state's Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday (Jan. 29).

The bill, known as... Read More


Second Racehorse Welfare Summit to Examine Progress

January 25, 2008

The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, set for Monday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 18, at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky., will feature wide-ranging discussions of critical equine health- and safety-related issues... Read More


Horse Classified Listing Error Results in Calls to Owner

January 23, 2008

Kristen DeGroat of Akron, Mich., just wanted to sell her horse to another animal lover, but her ad ended up under "Good Things to Eat" in the classified sections of two newspapers.

DeGroat said about a third of the 60 or so calls she... Read More


Equine Welfare Group Issues Slaughter White Paper

January 16, 2008

The group Veterinarians for Equine Welfare (VEW) recently issued a white paper entitled "Horse Slaughter--Its Ethical Impact and Subsequent Response of the Veterinary... Read More


Humane Society, Veterinarians for Animal Rights Join Forces

January 15, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR) have announced that their respective boards of directors have approved a corporate combination agreement which will form a new veterinary... Read More


ASPCA Awards 57 Equine Grants

January 11, 2008

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has released its year-end report of equine grants given to rescue groups and humane organizations across the country during the last year.

In 2007, The ASPCA gave out more... Read More


Racing Officials, Legislators Discuss Racehorse Steroids

January 09, 2008

An impending Congressional hearing on steroid use in Major League Baseball--and the possibility the inquiry could expand to other sports--has led the Thoroughbred racing industry to take preemptive action on Capitol Hill.... Read More


Equine Welfare Fund Formed by Kentucky Horse Council

January 04, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) has established a fund to support programs that promote the health and welfare of all horses in the state.

As a part of the continual work to find second careers for unwanted horses and evaluate and... Read More


New Holland T1510 Economy Tractor

January 04, 2008

The New Holland 3-cylinder, 30-hp T1510 compact tractor delivers reliable performance, solid construction, and easy operation at an economical price. Part of New Holland's Lean and Mean series of economy tractors, the T1510 can be customized... Read More


Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Co-Author Named PETA Person of the Year

December 26, 2007

Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) was today named Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The group called the senior senator, "a tireless advocate for improving legal protection for animals, including animals who... Read More


Neighbors' Votes to Decide if Boy Can Take Horse Home

December 21, 2007

Alexander Gonzalez, 11, of Tucson, Ariz., would like to bring his Miniature Horse, Bailey, home for Christmas.

It doesn't seem like a tiny pet horse would be much of a problem high up in the rugged foothills of the Santa Catalinas, with all th... Read More


Equine Ambulance Allotted ASPCA Grant

December 17, 2007

Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport (HEART), a nonprofit organization that provides equine ambulatory services, recently received a $10,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).... Read More


Introduced Legislation Sets Guidelines for Tracking Animal Cruelty Crimes

December 15, 2007

New legislation in the U.S. Senate, introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), directs the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to include animal cruelty crimes as a separate category in the agency's crime data reporting system.

"Having the... Read More


Britain Giving Temporary Leeway on Horse Transport Certificates

December 11, 2007

Britain's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has declared a four-month amnesty for people transporting horses or livestock who miss the Jan. 5, 2008, deadline for gaining a certificate of competence.

The Government... Read More


Nominations Being Accepted for 'Beautiful Horses of Michigan' Project

December 11, 2007

Equine artist Karen Brenner is seeking nominations for her newest series of paintings, "Beautiful Horses of Michigan." Brenner said she hopes to include a wide variety of breeds and colors in the project. Horses will be selected based on the... Read More