The Bureau of Land Management put many people at ease when it declared it would reject the recommendation made last week by the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board to euthanize up to 45,000 wild horses and burros in government-funded holding facilities. This recommendation of the nine-person advisory group was both a provocation and . . .
In 2015, The HSUS, Humane Society International, and the Government of Puerto Rico announced a comprehensive partnership involving governmental agencies, all 78 provincial mayors, and other stakeholders, to transform animal welfare on the island. The partnership covers specialized training for law enforcement officials, animal control agents, social workers, and teachers as a way of dealing . . .
Our nation’s management of wild horses has been a long-running debacle of poor execution layered over questionable intentions and flagging resolve. Those problems have been compounded by violence toward horses by ranchers and other private resource users. The latest incident involves an attack on a number of wild horses living on a ranch overseen by . . .
Late last year, The HSUS obtained still photographs and reports from USDA inspectors who examined horses trained by Larry Wheelon during the execution of a search warrant. Wheelon is a well-known figure in the Tennessee walking horse show world. Those deeply disturbing images revealed that Wheelon and his associates intentionally injured and “sored” horses – . . .
The annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration begins in Shelbyville, Tennessee, today — the high point of a months-long show season of torture and pain for walking horses subjected to the despicable practice of soring. The good news is, this may be the last year where abused horses are put on show with the blessing . . .
No one should get away with animal cruelty. Not an individual and not an industry. But that’s what’s been happening with scofflaw owners and trainers within a segment of the Tennessee walking horse show industry. This week, we applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture for issuing a proposed rule, fulfilling a number of the requests . . .
The Triple Crown races are over for the year, but thousands of horses dash every day around the oval at tracks in 38 racing jurisdictions – Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds in harness racing, Quarter horses, and Arabians. Too many of these horses will die from catastrophic breakdowns because of inconsistent humane standards in the industry, and owners and . . .
Even though there is no intentional injury brought upon its equine competitors, the horse racing industry has long been an outlier in the humane economy. It has resisted reforms of any kind for decades, and its popularity and resonance with the American public has sharply declined. That’s partly because so many in the organized horse-racing world are not properly caring for the creatures at the center of the . . .
With American Pharoah in 2015 becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed accomplished that feat 37 years ago, there was a buzz in the run-up to the Preakness about whether the previously undefeated Nyquist could come one big step closer to replicating the biggest accomplishment in the sport. Yet Nyquist’s third-place finish, losing to Exaggerator . . .
Breaking News: Key Committee Acts to Sustain Horse Slaughter Ban in the U.S.; Senators Also Decide Not to Subvert Organics Rule
Today the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment, advanced by Senators Tom Udall, D-NM, Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Lindsey Graham, R-SC., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Christopher Coons, D-Del., to bar any horse slaughter plants from opening in the United States. This Senate action mirrors the House action on its version of the agriculture spending bill. It’s a great . . .