AQHA to Appeal Federal Court Ruling on Cloning
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.”
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