Horse Slaughter

Venezuela: Veterinary School’s Horse Butchered By Bandits

In an era of economic crisis for Venezuela, the Central University of Venezuela has an increasingly disconcerting problem: bandits are sneaking into the veterinary school’s pastures and slaughtering the animals, then making off with the meat. According to cbsnews.com, a 4-year-old filly named Miss Congeniality was the latest to fall victim. “I burst into tears,” said veterinary […]

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Boyd Gaming-Owned Tracks In Louisiana Join NTWO Horse-Rehoming Efforts

The National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization (NTWO) today announced a partnership with Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel and Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, which have each agreed to provide financial assistance and other support to NTWO’s horse-rehoming efforts in the state of Louisiana. The Boyd Gaming Corporation-owned tracks are the first in Louisiana – and the […]

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Chicken Houses And Horse Rescue: A Complicated Tale

Several days after New Year’s, New Jersey resident Dina Alborano posted a video on social media of a crowd of horses jogging down a livestock chute somewhere in Louisiana, imploring her followers on Twitter to donate money to prevent the horses from shipping to a slaughterhouse in Mexico. The cost to purchase 11 horses and […]

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Vet Student Arrested, Accused Of Running Scam On Horse Owners

Fox5 Atlanta reports that Fallon Blackwood, 23, of Tuskegee, Ala., has been arrested after horse owners say she scammed them. Blackwood was arrested on the campus of Tuskegee University and now awaits extradition to North Carolina on a felony charge of attaining property by false pretenses. The charge came after police received complaints from owners […]

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Porter Launches Organization To Address Slaughter Pipeline, Equine Welfare

Fox Hill Farm owner Rick Porter has launched a new group aimed at keeping Thoroughbreds out of the slaughter pipeline and improving racetrack safety. Porter told The Blood-Horse his National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization will begin its work with a focus on Louisiana kill pens. Porter voiced concern about the growing business model of kill pens holding […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Equine Hostages?

As we reported earlier this week, a case in Texas exemplifies the growing business of “kill” buyers purchasing horses at public auction for inflated prices and then advertising them on social media in order to extract “bail” from equine rescue advocates who want to prevent horses from going to slaughter in Canada or Mexico. In this […]

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Texas Case Reveals Tricky ‘Business’ Of Horse Slaughter Rescue

Sonny Ellen of Bryan, Texas, is 82, a bail bondsman by trade for nearly a half century, and a lifelong horse owner. Two weeks ago, Ellen said he was blindsided when he got a call from Mindy Willis, his trainer at Sam Houston Race Park, saying track management told her Ellen had been banned for […]

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Opinion: For Many Racetracks, ‘Horse-Slaughter Pipeline’ Is Necessary, But There Are Ways To Fight It

Alex Brown, who became well-known in the horse world through his blog and book, Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy, which chronicled 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro’s attempted recovery from injuries sustained in the Preakness Stakes, has had his first book of fiction published, titled Missionville. Brown recently sat down for an interview with Daniel Ross. […]

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Federal Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Against Racetrack, Horse Welfare Advocate Over Slaughter Ban

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2013 by a family-operated racing stable against Thistledown racetrack, the Ohio State Racing Commission, various officials and an animal welfare advocate in connection with a Thoroughbred purchased at a livestock auction known to be frequented by buyers of horses who sell them for slaughter. The suit […]

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Handel: We Need To End Slaughter Of American Equines

Throughout history, horses have worked alongside us as companions and partners in work, war and sport; they are living symbols of our nation’s spirit. We have the honor and duty to protect them, which is why I am imploring my colleagues in the horse racing industry to contact their federal representatives in Congress and urge […]

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