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House Approves $5 Million Increase To Equine Therapy For Veterans

On Wednesday evening the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would increase funding for the Veterans Affairs’ Adaptive Sports Grant Program for equine-assisted therapy. The amendment increases funding by $5 million for fiscal year 2018. The funding will enable an expansion of services that use equine-assisted therapy to […]

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HSUS President Pacelle Deems Congress Slaughter Proponents Hypocrites

The head of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Wayne Pacelle has called some of the lawmakers involved in reopening equine slaughter plants in the U.S. hypocrites, believing they have a feigned interest in protecting the horses in the States, reports HorseTalk. The Appropriations Committee of the US House of Representatives narrowly passed […]

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Pennsylvania Governor, Boston Terrier Sign Animal Cruelty Bill Into Law

Governor of Pennsylvania To Wolf, along with a furry friend, signed a bill into law on Wednesday, June 28 that will strengthen the state’s animal protection laws. Wolf’s signature was followed by a paw print in ink by Libre, a Boston terrier who was found emaciated and disease-riddled at a puppy mill-style breeding operation. The […]

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Animals Rights Activists Pushing For Obama To Add To Horse Protection Act

While the current version of the Horse Protection Act does ban the use of chemical agents on the legs of Tennessee Walking Horses and similar breeds, animal rights activists are asking President Obama to push through additional regulations related to the act before Trump takes office, according to USA Today. The new regulations, currently under […]

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‘Complete Abdication Of Responsibility’: BLM Committee Votes To Destroy 45,000 Wild Horses

In an extremely controversial decision, the Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the agency either sell “without limitation” or destroy “in the most human manner possible” approximately 45,000 wild horses currently under its care, reports The Arizona Republic. The BLM has been removing horses from the wild herds […]

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Trust, But Verify: Fact-Checking A Few Of Racing’s Stump Speeches

There’s a disturbing similarity these days between sitting in public meetings and forums on various horse racing topics, and watching coverage of the presidential election: everyone has a stump speech, and they don’t seem to get tired of hearing themselves talk. We touched on this somewhat with our tongue-in-cheek regulatory meeting bingo card published last […]

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Charles Town: 160 Equine Fatalities Reported At Track Since 2014

An investigation by NBC 4 Washington into racing conducted at Charles Town found that 160 horses have died from racing injuries since January 2014. The station’s News4 ‘I-Team’ reported the results of their investigation this week. The investigation also revealed that Charles Town ranks near the top in regards to number of races started per year. According to the […]

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De Francis To Chair New HSUS National Horse Racing Advisory Council

The Humane Society of the United States announced the formation of a new group to target reform in the horse racing industry on Thursday. The HSUS National Horse Racing Advisory Council will focus on promoting higher standards for equine welfare throughout the sport. Joe De Francis, former CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, will chair the […]

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USDA Proposes Strengthened Anti-Soring Horse Protection Act

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, discussed the results of his agency’s insistence that the United States Department of Agriculture crack down on its 1970 Horse Protection Act on his HSUS blog this week. Last week, the USDA sent a proposed update to the regulation to the Office […]

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Humane Society Of The United States Considers Horse-Related Issues A Top 10 Victory

The Humane Society of the United States president and CEO Wayne Pacelle counted barring horse slaughter plants from reopening as a Top Ten victory of 2015. In the year-end review on his blog, A Humane Nation, Pacelle also noted the momentum given to the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, for which the HSUS has […]

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