AQHA to Appeal Federal Court Ruling on Cloning

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Representatives from the American Quarter Horse Association have indicated that they plan to appeal the recent ruling by a federal judge that would allow cloned horses to be registered with the breed association.

On Aug. 12, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson ruled that the AQHA must allow cloned horses and their offspring into the breed registry. Two Texas breeders, Jason Abraham and Gregg Veneklasen had sued the AQHA, asserting that the registry was “operating a monopoly by excluding clones.”

A jury ruled in July that the AQHA did violate anti-monopoly laws by banning cloned animals. The judge did not rule on the plantiffs’ request to be awarded some $900,000 in attorney fees.

AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway said in a statement that the association would “continue to take any and all necessary legal action in seeking to have the verdict of the jury and any judgment entered by the Court in favor of plaintiffs reversed.”

“AQHA will continue to fight for its members’ rights.”

Read more at AQHA.com

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  • c bea

    This is a horrible development for the Quarter Horse breed. The long-term impact of cloned animals is still unknown. What about a clone of a clone who owns the rights to the original?

    And what about naming? Will there be a C(lone)# next to the horses name so you know it’s a clone? Dash For Cash C1, Dash for Cash C2? This isn’t a sibling that has its own identity and name. The public (wagering and otherwise) will have the need to know who the clone is won’t they???

    • dean

      No One Cares. Dying Sport To Many Cheats And The AQHA Is Worthless Anyway..

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