Australia: Appeal of Artificial Insemination Case Allowed

by | 04.17.2013 | 1:17pm

A court case in Australia regarding the use of artificial insemination in Thoroughbred breeding, which had been dismissed from Federal Court, has found new life following an appeal of that decision.

According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Bruce McHugh, a former chairman of the Sydney Turf Club, had filed a lawsuit against the Australian Turf Club two years ago, claiming that the ban on artificial insemination “violated the country's competition and consumer act.” McHugh also claimed that was an 'illegal trade restraint' for his proposed breeding operation.

After a four-month trial and a year of deliberation, the ban was upheld on December 19 by Federal Court Justice Alan Robertson. Had it been allowed, Australia would have become the first jurisdiction to allow artificial insemination in its Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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