Equine

Honors among thieves

Honors among thieves

The “big lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking horse industry is engaged in an ongoing criminal enterprise. Many of the top winners in the industry knowingly injure horses as a customary practice in order to induce an exaggerated gait for the purpose of winning prizes—a practice known as “soring,” where trainers injure the feet or . . . 

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Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef

Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef

Mexico is forging ahead on animal protection. Earlier this year, its Congress made dogfighting a felony throughout the nation. Mexico City adopted an extraordinary charter on animal protection. A number of major food retailers in Mexico have said they will change their purchasing practices to stop buying eggs and pork from operations that confine hens . . . 

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Fertility control essential to save American mustangs and burros

Fertility control essential to save American mustangs and burros

Looks like we’ve got four of them,” my colleague Grace Kahler offered as our HSUS truck bounced up and down on a rock-strewn dirt road at the foothills of the Black Mountains, shimmering as the first rays of sunlight warmed these desert hills Sunday morning. We were in the Golden Valley of the Mojave Desert . . . 

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Puerto Rico residents show a deep bond with animals, even during despair

Puerto Rico residents show a deep bond with animals, even during despair

Amidst the tragedy and suffering wrought by Maria in Puerto Rico – and that toll exacted on animals and people is incalculable — there are also extraordinary demonstrations of the power and durability of the human bond with animals. Adam Parascandola, director of animal protection and crisis response at Humane Society International (HSI), reports that . . . 

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National tragedies in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico command our attention

National tragedies in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico command our attention

A note about Las Vegas and gun violence: Our hearts at The HSUS are heavy in the wake of the unfathomable killing and wounding of more than 500 people in the nation’s biggest-ever mass shooting. This latest slaughter of our fellow citizens, enabled by a combination of a deranged person and the high-capacity weapons he . . . 

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The federal government must reject mass killing of America’s wild horses and burros

The federal government must reject mass killing of America’s wild horses and burros

Today, we face the most severe political threat to wild horses since the enactment of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, which Congress passed in response to the random and methodical killing of horses and burros on our western lands by ranchers and others who considered the animals trespassers. Now some players . . . 

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Puerto Rico’s governor to sign executive order for massive on-the-ground plan to save animals

Puerto Rico’s governor to sign executive order for massive on-the-ground plan to save animals

The situation in Puerto Rico is so dire that Commonwealth and federal authorities have still been unable to do a thorough damage assessment, even though it’s been five days since the hurricane enveloped the island and flooded or flattened so much of it. Cell phone towers were destroyed or rendered inoperative. The electrical grid failed, . . . 

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Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

In an important ruling for dogs and for the legal principle that states and local governments have a critical role in protecting animals from cruelty and mistreatment, a federal appeals court today upheld Chicago’s law requiring pet stores that sell dogs, cats, and rabbits to obtain them from an animal shelter or rescue only. In . . . 

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Two massive, exceedingly dangerous storms threaten the people and animals of the U.S.

Two massive, exceedingly dangerous storms threaten the people and animals of the U.S.

Harvey came with hurricane-force winds and an extraordinary load of precipitation, drinking up trillions of gallons of water from the Gulf and pouring them on Texas day after day, then going back for more. Now Irma has gained unprecedented strength from the unusually warm waters of the Atlantic and is churning and flattening small islands . . . 

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Walking horse industry hemorrhaging, as scant crowd turns out for Celebration

Walking horse industry hemorrhaging, as scant crowd turns out for Celebration

The 79th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration concluded Saturday night, and by all appearances, it was for the most part a friends and family affair. Gone are the days when spectators sat shoulder to shoulder in the nearly 30,000-seat arena in Shelbyville, providing a boost to the local economy in middle Tennessee. On Thursday and . . . 

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