Horse Slaughter

Louisiana Man Charged With 18 Counts Of Cruelty To Animals After Horses Seized By Sheriff

Following the announcement last week that 18 horses had been seized from a Ptikin, La., property, the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook Wednesday that they have charged a man with 18 counts of cruelty to animals. Gary Thompson, 64, of Pitkin, was arrested March 20. According to the social media post, Thompson’s bond […]

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Law Enforcement Seizes 18 Horses From Louisiana Feed Lot, Investigation Ongoing

Authorities with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana Department of Agriculture have seized 18 horses after executing a search warrant at an address in Pitkin, La. A statement from the sheriff’s office on Facebook explained the offices had received “numerous” complaints of animal neglect against the Thompson Horse Lot, long known for its Facebook-based […]

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Louisiana Owner Ruled Ineligible For License After Alleged Anti-Slaughter Policy Violations

Stewards in Louisiana have issued a ruling against unlicensed owner Andre J. Colson, making him temporarily ineligible for licensure in the state after they received a complaint Colson was involved with transporting horses from Louisiana tracks into the slaughter pipeline. Colson, 56, of New Orleans, was not present at a hearing held in early February, […]

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Parker, Close Associate Of Louisiana ‘Rescue,’ Arrested For Animal Cruelty

The saga of a kill pen rescue in Louisiana continued this week with the arrest of one of its associates on multiple animal cruelty charges. Hal Parker, 60, of Haile, La., was taken into custody by the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office on the morning of Feb. 19 and has been charged with one felony count […]

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Animal Welfare Groups Applaud SAFE Act, Aimed At Banning Transport Of Horses To Slaughter

Federal lawmakers introduced legislation today to permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States and end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad. Introduced by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, is supported by leading animal welfare groups, including the ASPCA® (The […]

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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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