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BLM chief says no mass killing for our American wild horses and burros

BLM chief says no mass killing for our American wild horses and burros

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 . . . 

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Putting a stake in the ground for animals in Puerto Rico

Putting a stake in the ground for animals in Puerto Rico

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 . . . 

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Feds must dismiss unhinged advice on wild horses

Feds must dismiss unhinged advice on wild horses

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 . . . 

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Video exposes cruelty by Tennessee walking horse trainer

Video exposes cruelty by Tennessee walking horse trainer

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 – . . . 

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USDA may give us a different kind of Celebration

USDA may give us a different kind of Celebration

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 . . . 

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Federal government says ‘enough’ when it comes to horse soring abuses

Federal government says ‘enough’ when it comes to horse soring abuses

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 . . . 

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Congress must get on track on horse racing reform

Congress must get on track on horse racing reform

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 . . . 

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Time for the United States to set rules for horse racing

Time for the United States to set rules for horse racing

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 . . . 

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Horse racing deaths at Pimlico remind us of hazards of largely deregulated sport

Horse racing deaths at Pimlico remind us of hazards of largely deregulated sport

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 . . . 

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Breaking News: Key Committee Acts to Sustain Horse Slaughter Ban in the U.S.; Senators Also Decide Not to Subvert Organics Rule

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 . . . 

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