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State Slaughter Bills Pending

March 01, 2010

Legislators in several states are again considering bills that address the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

In Florida, lawmakers are reviewing a pair of bills that would make it felony to slaughter horses and sell their me... Read More

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Canadian Rules Could Impact Slaughter Exports

February 15, 2010

New Canadian horse processing regulations could slow the flow of U.S. horses to slaughter plants there, say equine welfare advocates.

Last month the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) advised all Canadian owners of horses that co... Read More

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NYRA Adopts Anti-Slaughter Policy

December 13, 2009

The New York Racing Association has a new anti-slaughter policy, which states that any horse owner or trainer stabled at a NYRA track found to have directly or indirectly sold a horse for slaughter will have his or her stalls permanently revoked.... Read More

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Miami Trail Riders Find Butchered Horse

November 02, 2009

The number of horses apparently butchered for their meat in the Miami area since January rose to 21 on Saturday when trail riders discovered the remains of a Thoroughbred mare alongside a rural road in Miami-Dade County.

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Whose Credit, Whose Blame?

November 01, 2009

Guest editorial on who is responsible for U.S. horse slaughter plants closing.... Read More

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Government to Study Unwanted Horse Issues

October 27, 2009

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been tasked with examining how horse processing plant closures have affected equine welfare. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that provides Congress with objective, fact-based... Read More

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Transport Precautions Reduce Risks to Traveling Horses

October 20, 2009

Horses being transported appear at increased risk of disease or distress when specific needs are not met.... Read More

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Agricultural Act Passes Senate, Moves onto President

October 14, 2009

On Oct. 8, 2009, the United States Senate passed the final version of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (H.R.2997). The House of Representatives approved the bill the... Read More

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Illegal Horse Meat Sales Result in Two Arrests

October 08, 2009

Two Miami, Fla., men are facing charges after allegedly selling horse meat to an undercover police officer.

Miami-Dade Police arrested Roberto Chavez and Ricardo Olivarez on Tuesday after the pair allegedly sold the officer 10... Read More

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Scenic Trail Act Could Expand Equestrian Access

September 22, 2009

The Complete America's Great Trails Act (HR 1912) has found support from the American Horse Council. This bill was introduced by Rep. Gerry E. Connolly (D-VA) and Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) On April 9, 2009.

Hundreds of thousands of America... Read More

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U.S. Thoroughbred Stallion Reported Butchered in Peru

August 11, 2009

Drilling for Oil, a U.S. Thoroughbred graded stakes winner who was sent to Peru in July for stallion duty, was found dead after being butchered for his meat, according to the Read More

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Florida Horse Killing Investigation Expands Again

July 28, 2009

The investigation into a series of Florida horse poaching incidents expanded again Sunday when another horse was found dead in its pasture, apparently slaughtered for its meat.

A caretaker discovered the horse's carcass in a pasture near it... Read More

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Horse Poaching: Miami-Dade Police Investigate New Report

July 20, 2009

Law enforcement authorities in Florida are investigating the death of another horse apparently butchered for its meat.

Miami-Dade County Police discovered the horse's carcass July 19 after an anonymous tipster reported it... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Survey Results Released

July 09, 2009

The results of a survey on perceptions of factors surrounding the unwanted horse issue are now available from the Unwanted Horse... Read More

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Rutgers Equine Science Center Participates in First Urban 4-H Summer Science Program

July 05, 2009

Rutgers University will host 45 high school students in its first Annual 4-H Summer Science Program for urban youths at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

High school students from Camden, Hackensack, Paterson, and... Read More

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Mixed Results on Slaughter Bills as State Legislatures Adjourn

June 02, 2009

The sponsor of Tennessee legislation promoting horse processing plant development in that state is not giving up on the bill, although it's now stalled in the state's Senate Commerce Committee.

Sponsored by Rep. Frank Niceley, HB 1428 would... Read More

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Florida Horse Poaching Continues

May 14, 2009

Police in Miramar, Fla., are searching for poachers responsible for killing two Paso Fino horses for their meat. The horses' butchered carcasses were discovered in their pasture on May 6 when their owner arrived to feed them.

The case is th... Read More

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Montana Slaughter Law Could Face Challenges

May 06, 2009

A new Montana state law invites private investors to develop horse slaughter facilities in that state. But opponents say compliance and court challenges might discourage prospective investors from ever breaking ground on plant projects.

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Montana Horse Slaughter Bill Becomes Law

May 04, 2009

A measure promoting privately-owned horse processing plant development in Montana became law on Friday when Gov. Brian Schweitzer allowed the bill to lapse into law.

HB 418 insulates prospective plant developers from permit and... Read More

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Arkansas Slaughter Resolution Goes to Governor

April 20, 2009

A resolution instructing Arkansas' Congressional delegation to vote against a bill that would prohibit the export of horses to slaughter facilities in Mexico and Canada is now before that state's governor for his signature.

HCR 1004 wa... Read More

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Slaughter Bills Before Montana, North Dakota Governors

April 16, 2009

A bill that would facilitate the development of a private sector horse processing plant in Montana is on its way back to Gov. Brian Schweitzer's desk now that the state's full legislature has rejected his Read More

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Montana House Rejects Slaughter Bill Amendments

April 09, 2009

The Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected gubernatorial amendments to a bill that would facilitate the establishment of privately owned horse processing plants in that state.

In its original form, HB 418 prohibited... Read More

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Montana Governor Vetoes Slaughter Bill, Suggests Changes

April 03, 2009

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoed a bill that would encourage the horse processing industry to establish itself in that state on grounds that it insulates the industry from future legal challenges.

HB 418 prohibits Montana... Read More

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Illinois House Rejects Horse Slaughter Bill

April 02, 2009

Legislation to reinstate the horse slaughter industry in Illinois failed to pass that state's House of Representatives on Wednesday because the measure did not earn the 60 votes necessary for passage.

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sacia, Read More

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Florida Poachers Target Horses

March 31, 2009

On Feb. 27 Ivonne Rodriguez's Paint horse, Geronimo, went missing from his Miami, Fla., pasture. Rodriguez immediately filed a police report and canvassed the neighborhood for information about her horse. Six days later, Miami-Dade... Read More