Equine Welfare & Legislation

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Illinois Horse Slaughter Legislation

February 20, 2004

New legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the state of Illinois was introduced Feb. 6, 2004, in the Illinois House of Representatives in the form of HB 6570. On Feb. 18, 2004, the bill was referred to the House... Read More

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PETA Involvement At Local Levels

February 20, 2004

A Pike County, Ohio, resident reported in mid-December 2003 what she thought was abuse in a herd of approximately 52 horses to Kristen Rohde, DVM. Rohde asked local law enforcement officials to have the horses examined by a veterinarian. By Jan.... Read More

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Welfare Concerns Prompt AVMA Opposition to House Bill on Transportation and Processing of Horses for Slaughter

January 12, 2004

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) believes HR 857--The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act--could potentially harm more horses than it saves. An analysis by the AVMA reveals that HR 857, introduced by New York State... Read More

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Horses Cause Blackouts in North Wales

January 09, 2004

According to icNorthWales, an online publication in the United Kingdom, a group of horses on a farm in Rhuddlan caused power cuts to thousands of homes and businesses across North Wales.

"The animals were rubbing against a wire stay in a... Read More

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FEI and Welfare

January 01, 2004

What does international equestrian sport do to ensure healthy, fair, and clean competition? As a sport where the horse is used for its athletic abilities and man is at the helm, it is crucial that the horse be properly safeguarded.... Read More

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Why Is Your Vet The Best?

January 01, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) wants horse owners to share why his or her veterinarian is the best by participating in the My Vet Matters Contest.

From Jan. 1-Oct. 31, submit an entry explaining why your vet is... Read More

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AQHA Supplemental Registry Proposed

January 01, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) Stud Book and Registration Committee will discuss various matters relating to the breed and AQHA's registration process, namely eligibility of horses with white beyond certain prescribed limits on... Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation Executive Director Announces Retirement

December 02, 2003

Morris Animal Foundation’s Executive Director, Rob Hilsenroth, DVM, has announced his retirement from the... Read More

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Equine Welfare Award Presented to Rodeo Group

December 02, 2003

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is the 2003 recipient of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) Equine Welfare Award, the Lavin Cup. Named for AAEP past president A. Gary Lavin, VMD, the award is presented... Read More

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U.K. Government Extends Deadline for Passports

November 26, 2003

United Kingdom horse owners will have an extra six months to obtain passports for their animals, after regulations detailing the requirements of the horse passport program were brought before Parliament.

The new horse passport regulation... Read More

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spcaLA Needs Your Support To Help The Animals During Southland Fires

October 31, 2003

As fires continue to ravage the Southern California Region, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles' (spcaLA) resources are stretched from the high demand. From the Mexican border up to Ventura County thousands of... Read More

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Storming Home Injured Heel; Others Sustain Minor Problems

October 26, 2003

Sheikh Maktoum's Storming Home, seventh as the 2-1 favorite in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), had a chunk taken out of his right hind foot when he was involved in a bumping incident with Sulamani rounding the first turn.

Joh... Read More

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Police Horse Diary 10/16/03

October 18, 2003

I spent this past weekend at the national Police Equestrian Competition (PEC). That's the recognized national awards for mounted police officers in uniform, equitation, and obstacle course competitions. There were 96 officers and horses who came... Read More

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Ohio Horse Struck, Killed by Truck

October 16, 2003

A horse was struck by a truck and killed on the evening of Oct. 11 on Rt. 93 near Sugar Creek, Ohio, according to the Times Reporter of Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio.

State troopers reported driver Tim L. Sigrist, 32, was... Read More

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New Equine Podiatry Wing in Tennessee Clinic

October 10, 2003

While many farrier services and veterinary clinics will treat severe foot problems, and perhaps even specialize in them, very few can offer a veterinarian/farrier team available on a full-time basis to treat those horses. Although it’s still a... Read More

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Large Animal Rescue Video Deemed a Success

October 01, 2003

USRider, a member-based organization providing trailering assistance throughout North America, has widely distributed a new safety video to increase awareness of the need for correct rescue training with large animals. The organization seeks to... Read More

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Hurricane Isabel's Impact on Virginia

October 01, 2003

Hurricane Isabel hit the Virginia coast with fury on Sept. 18. At its peak over the Atlantic, Isabel was a Category 5 hurricane (winds greater than 155 mph), sending coastal horse owners scrambling for safe shelter for themselves and their... Read More

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Isabel's Impact on North Carolina Horses

September 29, 2003

Hurricane Isabel announced her landfall by hammering coastal North Carolina on Sept. 18. Some of the storm's worst damage was seen in that state. However, due to meticulous disaster planning, most North Carolina horses were out of harm's way... Read More

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Horse Dies in Bahrain Bus Crash

September 25, 2003

One horse was hit and killed by a school bus after traveling onto a Bahrain highway, according to the online edition of the... Read More

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Horse Killed on Highway in Ohio

September 25, 2003

In Bucyrus, Ohio, an Indiana trucker hit a horse on the west end of the U.S. 20 bypass on the night of Sept. 22, according to the online edition of the Telegraph-Forum. The westbound semi reportedly hit the horse around 8:30 pm, throwin... Read More

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Colonial Ready to Serve as Horse Evacuation Center

September 18, 2003

With Hurricane Isabel poised to hit land late in the week of Sept. 15, Colonial Downs in Virginia has once again opened its barns to area horses that may have to seek safety from the storm.

"We've done this each of the past couple years,... Read More

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17th Horse Slashing on Arizona Dude Ranch

September 18, 2003

Seventeen horses have been found slashed in the throat on a guest ranch in Tucson, Ariz., since early July. The latest attack happened between midnight and 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, on the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, according to Pima County... Read More

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Horse Bomb Kills Eight People in Colombia

September 18, 2003

A bomb strapped to a horse exploded in a plaza in a small town in northeast Colombia on Wednesday, killing at least eight people, including a toddler, and injuring 20 others, stated the Army in a report in the Read More

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Opportunities in Equine Practice

September 10, 2003

A total of 379 veterinary students from 27 vet schools in the United States and four from Canada gathered Aug. 29-31 in Lexington, Ky., to learn about the ins and outs of being an equine veterinarian at the first annual Opportunities in... Read More

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Auburn University Opens New Veterinary Hospital

September 08, 2003

Auburn University has completed construction on its new John Thomas Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital, which was dedicated on August 29.

See images of the facility and its dedication Read More