Horse Slaughter

Florida: New Strangles Case Traced Back To Social Media Kill Pen Rescue

The Equine Disease Communication Center released the following alert regarding a strangles case in Florida on Tuesday. Strangles cases associated with three other counties in the state were reported in February, and were also said to be associated with online rescue networks from kill pens. The Paulick Report recently reported on the risks of communicable […]

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Louisiana Case Suggests Gaps Remain In Racetrack Anti-Slaughter Policies

When Louisiana state health officials began dealing with the EHV-1 outbreak at Fair Grounds in January, part of the task was working backwards after a new case cropped up to find all horses that may have been exposed to the illness. As state animal health officials did their detective work, it’s unlikely they imagined an […]

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‘Anonymous Horses’: Kill Pen Rescues Come With Serious Health Risks

Earlier this month, veterinarians and state officials in three Florida counties (Columbia, Bradford, and Hillsborough) publicly announced they were dealing with a small outbreak of strangles, a contagious bacterial infection of the equine upper respiratory tract characterized by swollen lymph nodes. Strangles is a relatively common communicable disease, but in this case, alerts issued via […]

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UPDATED: Tampa Bay Downs Bans Trainer After Horse With Burned Lip Tattoo Rescued From ‘Kill Pen’

Tampa Bay Downs in Florida has barred the entries of trainer Horacio Barbaran for allegedly violating the track’s anti-slaughter policy. Officials at Gulfstream Park were notified of the move and said they will not permit Barbaran to stable or race at the South Florida track, either. Peter Berube, vice president and general manager of Tampa Bay […]

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Miami Man Arrested, Charged With Unlawful Sale Of Horse Meat

Manuel Coto-Martinez has been arrested by the Miami-Dade police and charged with the unlawful sale of horse meat, reports wsvn.com. The 70-year-old, the center of a joint investigation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida State Attorney’s Office that began on the tip of a confidential informant, was also charged with the unlawful […]

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Owers: OTTBs Deserve Good Life And ‘A Good Death,’ Even If It Means Euthanasia Or Slaughter

At the 50th annual conference of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris last week, horse welfare experts encouraged racing officials to take a proactive approach to racehorse aftercare. A difference in cultural thinking was also on display, as welfare groups provided international leaders with a few pieces of advice that might be termed […]

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Saratoga Institute: How Do You Protect Horses After You Sell Them?

As grooms put the finishing touches on yearlings headed to auction this fall, the horses’ owners and handlers will have a lot on their minds—sales prices, profit margins, vet reports. Some of them also may take a look at the young horses they’ve helped raise and wondered what their future holds beyond the racetrack. At […]

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Carolina Man Puts A Face On Complex Horse Slaughter Issue

Nine years after the shutdown of horse slaughter facilities in the United States, the controversy surrounding equine welfare and human consumption of horse meat is different, but not gone. The Citizen-Times explored the topic of slaughter, rescue, and welfare with a feature early in June centering on Justin Scott White, 26, of Polk County, North Carolina, who runs the […]

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Senate Committee Approves USDA Bill; Horse Slaughter Defunding Intact

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved its version of the 2017 fiscal year Agriculture Appropriations bill, the American Horse Council reports. This bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017.  The bill contains several provisions that impact the horse industry, including the so-called “horse slaughter defunding provision,” funding for USDA equine health activities and enforcement of the Horse Protection Act. Horse […]

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