Time and temperature limits in new UK horse transport laws

When you read some of the statements in this article, you wonder if those using horses are ever truly concerned about the horses if it does not at the same time accommodate them.—TH via Horse and Hound (UK) The equestrian industry has welcomed changes on journey times and conditions for horses in new animal welfare… Continue reading Time and temperature limits in new UK horse transport laws

Why people are paying €100,000 to breed digital horses online

Bonus — No animals harmed By Shannon McDonagh | EuroNews, Living Section McDonagh writes: NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) have existed for over half a decade but have found their place in tech since the beginning of this year, having permeated art, music, and most recently, sport. The latest chapter of the crypto-boom is leading to thousands… Continue reading Why people are paying €100,000 to breed digital horses online

Horse racing must do away with tongue-ties

A horse's mouth is opened wide for the application of a tongue-tie.

Tongue-ties are banned in most non-racing sports by the international governing body of equestrian sports, Federation Equestre Internationale, so you will not see them in events like show-jumping, dressage and eventing. Tongue-ties are used in horse racing around the world in varying degrees, and require no veterinary oversight. A tongue-tie is a large elastic band… Continue reading Horse racing must do away with tongue-ties

Anger at Winston Peters’ $72.5 million bail out package leads to petition against Gov’t funding of racing industry

New Zealand's Winston Peters

STUFF.CO.NZ | by Matt Kermeen (May 24, 2020) — As the racing industry continues to toast a mega-million dollar financial shot in the arm, New Zealand animal welfare groups are outraged, shocked and angry over the taxpayer-funded bailout. So much so, the Coalition for The Protection of Racehorses has started a petition it plans to send to Prime Minister Jacinda… Continue reading Anger at Winston Peters’ $72.5 million bail out package leads to petition against Gov’t funding of racing industry

Chicago bans horse-drawn carriages

Horse drawn carriage, Chicago. Image: NBC.

City Council votes to pull horse-drawn carriages off the streets of Chicago by year end CHICAGO (Apr. 24, 2020) — Horse-drawn carriages in Chicago will be a thing of the past after City Council voted 46-4 Friday to ban them by the end of the year. For years, animal rights activists and some aldermen have tried… Continue reading Chicago bans horse-drawn carriages

Queensland cruelty report on retired racehorses published

Australian racehorse awaits slaughter.

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — The final report from the independent inquiry into animal cruelty in the management of retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses in Queensland was published last month, entitled: The Queensland Government’s response to recommendations from the independent ‘Inquiry into animal cruelty in the management of retired Thoroughbreds and Standardbred horses in Queensland’… Continue reading Queensland cruelty report on retired racehorses published

National Horse Traceability Register working group established after Senate inquiry

Horse in green fields of Australia. Vet Voice.

ABC NEWS (AUSTRALIA) reports: A Senate inquiry into the feasibility of the National Horse Traceability Register for all horses last year handed down 18 recommendations aimed at better managing and promoting animal welfare, rider safety, and biosecurity in the equine sector. The establishment of the working group, agreed upon by ministers at the Agriculture Minister's Forum in… Continue reading National Horse Traceability Register working group established after Senate inquiry

Rome’s horse drawn botticelle to move to parks

(ANSA.IT) ROME, ITALY — Rome's famed 'botticelle' horse-drawn tourist carriages are to move from the streets of the Italian capital to its villas' parks under a measure passed by the environmental committee on Tuesday, 25 September. The move is set to be put to final approval by the mobility committee "within the first few days… Continue reading Rome’s horse drawn botticelle to move to parks

The campaign ad with the dancing horse and the rooftop dog that won’t go away

Not Obama Not Romney Cartoon by Daryl Cagle / MSNBC.

There is a big fuss going on about the Obama presidential campaign ad featuring the Romney's dressage horse Refalca dancing around while Romney fumbles for an answer to a question about his tax returns. Some say it is poor taste for Obama to feature the horse said to be Anne Romney's therapy horse (must be… Continue reading The campaign ad with the dancing horse and the rooftop dog that won’t go away

Pay to play in Congress and the horse slaughter bill

Milt Toby, writing for The Horse blog, analyzes the monetary contributions that influence politicians, and why or why not certain pieces of legislation pass quickly and easily, and some, like the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, languishes year after year in Congress, often not even getting a vote. Toby opens with: Eight out of 10… Continue reading Pay to play in Congress and the horse slaughter bill