By UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
One of the hot topics discussed during the 27th Annual University of Kentucky Conference on Equine Law, held May 3, 2012, in Lexington, was the legal implications of cloning and embryo transfer in the horse industry.
While the legalities of these topics are not discussed frequently in Kentucky, the center of Thoroughbred breeding that requires live cover, they are issues becoming increasingly prevalent in the sport horse industries.
During the “World of Cloning and Embryo Transfer Issues in the Equine Industry” presentation, Lewis T. Stevens, an attorney from Fort Worth, Texas, first addressed the legal issues arising from cloning.
For instance, three clones of Smart Little Lena, an all-time leading cutting horse sire, are currently standing at stud. In addition, frozen semen from the original Smart Little Lena is still circulating. One of the problems with standing these clones at stud is that current DNA testing cannot distinguish the foal of a deceased stallion’s frozen semen from the foal of a live clone stallion.
This becomes an issue because the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) does not permit the registration of any horse produced by the cloning process, which includes the foals of a clone. Cloning continues, however, because certain performance associations, such as the National Cutting Horse Association, allow unregistered horses and clones to participate in competitions. Continue reading at TheHorse.com >>