Equine

Walking horse trainers expected to put injured, tortured horses on display at major event in Tennessee this weekend

By on August 24, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 23 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Walking horse trainers expected to put injured, tortured horses on display at major event in Tennessee this weekend

As in previous years, the annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will be tainted with organized criminal activity – animal cruelty, to be specific – as the major event for this industry heads into its first weekend in Shelbyville, Tennessee. After a long show season . . . 

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USDA continues near-total eclipse of puppy mill and horse soring reports

By on August 21, 2017 in Companion Animals, Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
USDA continues near-total eclipse of puppy mill and horse soring reports

When animal advocates received a bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week claiming that it had restored additional animal welfare inspection data to its website, it was clear that the agency intended to give the impression to lawmakers and others concerned about its . . . 

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Farm Bill should ban eating dogs and horses, along with instituting other key animal welfare reforms

By on August 10, 2017 in Equine, Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Farm Bill should ban eating dogs and horses, along with instituting other key animal welfare reforms

Americans shouldn’t butcher dogs or horses, or enable the activity, and then sell the meat for human consumption, and Congress can make that the law of the land as it pieces together the far-flung provisions of the Farm Bill in the coming months. Our thriving . . . 

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Illegal horse soring operators get shut down with their attacks on animal groups in the courts

By on August 2, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Illegal horse soring operators get shut down with their attacks on animal groups in the courts

Horse soring – a practice where unethical and remorseless trainers intentionally injure the front feet and legs of horses by mechanical or chemical means to exaggerate the animals’ gait in order to win ribbons in the show ring – is one of the most disgraceful . . . 

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Breaking news: Key Senate committee says ‘neigh’ to reopening U.S. horse slaughter plants

By on July 20, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 49 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Key Senate committee says ‘neigh’ to reopening U.S. horse slaughter plants

Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee – whose members constitute nearly a third of the entire chamber – voted with nary a controversy in favor of an amendment to bar any horse slaughter plants from opening in the United States. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and . . . 

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Breaking news: Key House committee votes to reopen horse slaughter plants in U.S.

By on July 12, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 209 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Key House committee votes to reopen horse slaughter plants in U.S.

Today, the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted narrowly to give the green light for the reopening of horse slaughter plants in the United States. There were 27 members of Congress who voted against the bipartisan amendment offered by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, . . . 

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Industry attempts to revive horse slaughter in the U.S.

By on June 26, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 17 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Industry attempts to revive horse slaughter in the U.S.

Some months ago, I wrote about a horse named Jakar, once destined for slaughter, rescued by an animal advocate, and eventually taken on by the Cleveland Police Department for law enforcement duties. Jakar, along with other members of Cleveland’s mounted police force contingent, marched in . . . 

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BLM plotting war on wild horses

By on June 15, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 68 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
BLM plotting war on wild horses

The Department of the Interior, under the leadership of Secretary Ryan Zinke, has signaled its intention to strip decades-old federal protections for wild horses and burros and to allow them to be shipped to slaughter by the tens of thousands. Public comments and Congressional testimony . . . 

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Federal legislation introduced to ban doping of horses

By on May 25, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal legislation introduced to ban doping of horses

Today, two lawmakers from Congressional districts with major horse hoofprints – Reps. Andy Barr, R-Ky., and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. – introduced legislation to end any doping of Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and Quarter horses in the business of pari-mutuel racing. This legislation seeks to launch a new . . . 

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Finding a common trail to help working horses on tribal lands in Arizona

By on May 24, 2017 in Equine with 15 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Finding a common trail to help working horses on tribal lands in Arizona

The Havasupai Reservation village of Supai, Arizona, located just outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park but sharing the extraordinary beauty of the region, is in its own right a popular and scenic tourist destination. Its waterfalls and swimming opportunities draw tourists and motivate . . . 

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