Horse racing off and on

Horses jump out the gate at Penn National racecourse.

Horse racing is continuing in many parts of the world despite the Coronavirus threat. However, more race venues are beginning to cease racing. While these track closures continue, there is great concern about what racehorse owners will do with horses who are not racing. It is a costly enterprise maintaining a racehorse, and no one… Continue reading Horse racing off and on

Of hippos, horses and restoration

THE GUARDIAN (U.K.) reports: When the drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, he left behind a zoo stocked with wild animals alongside his multibillion dollar cocaine empire. The lions, giraffes and other exotic species were moved from the luxurious Hacienda Nápoles estate east of Medellín to new homes, but nearly three decades… Continue reading Of hippos, horses and restoration

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

Top 10 countries ranked by horses slaughtered and horse meat production – 2018

A horse in slaughter buyer Mike McCarron's trailer in Cleburne, Texas, August, 2019. USA Today.

By JANE ALLIN MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — Recall from the Introduction article in this series that the FAO stats are not always based on original datasets for countries included in their assessments. Missing values are a common problem for international datasets, stemming form countries’ non-responses to the data requests dispatched on a regular basis… Continue reading Top 10 countries ranked by horses slaughtered and horse meat production – 2018

Australian racing embroiled in US doping saga

Lady Justice and blue sky. Unattributed image.

We have been so embroiled in the US racehorse doping saga, we missed reporting this. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (March 10, 2020) — Two drug dealers have been accused of supplying EPO* for the administration to horses competing in Australia as part of the doping saga engulfing American racing. Sarah Izhaki and Ashley Lebowitz were… Continue reading Australian racing embroiled in US doping saga

Fiona McIntyre crowned Lady of Racing 2020 for retraining and rehoming retired racehorses

Lady of Racing 2020, Australia: Fiona McIntyre.

THE HERALD SUN | 6 MARCH 20 Fiona McIntyre dedicates her days to retraining and rehoming former racehorses. But it is her work with two Bart Cummings-trained champions that sets her apart. Under her watchful eye, four-time Melbourne Cup runner and two-time Moonee Valley Cup winner Precedence is now blossoming as a show horse. The 14-year-old former grand stayer… Continue reading Fiona McIntyre crowned Lady of Racing 2020 for retraining and rehoming retired racehorses

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

Australian horse welfare taskforce receives federal support

A horse cast off by the Thoroughbred racing industry awaits slaughter for human consumption at the Meramist Abattoir in Queenland, Australia.

The AGE.com.au reports: "The head of a new horse welfare taskforce, Denis Napthine, has welcomed support from federal agriculture minister David Littleproud, who has promised to make federal department resources available to the working group. "Mr Littleproud strongly endorsed the new welfare taskforce on Friday, which has been formed to research better post-retirement outcomes for… Continue reading Australian horse welfare taskforce receives federal support

Ex-racehorses to be rehomed rather than slaughtered under new Queensland plan

An undercover investigation by ABC's 7.30 programme allegedly found hundreds of racehorses being slaughtered in Australia every year after retiring. ( ABC 7.30 )An undercover investigation by ABC's 7.30 programme allegedly found hundreds of racehorses being slaughtered in Australia every year after retiring. ( ABC 7.30 )

ABATTOIR TO BE LAST RESORT Queensland racehorse owners will have to prove they have tried to rehome their animals multiple times before they can apply to send them to slaughter, under recommendations set to be implemented by the State Government. Key points: An independent inquiry made 37 recommendations to reduce horse slaughterA racehorse rehoming scheme… Continue reading Ex-racehorses to be rehomed rather than slaughtered under new Queensland plan

Queensland Equine Inquiry Report near completion

A horse cast off by the Thoroughbred racing industry awaits slaughter for human consumption at the Meramist Abattoir in Queenland, Australia.

A report following the inquiry into equine welfare in Queensland could be released as early as this week. Former District Court Judge Terry Martin chaired the inquiry which was instigated by the state government after a story by the ABC’s 7.30 Report in October. The story highlighted the issue of managing the retirement of racehorses… Continue reading Queensland Equine Inquiry Report near completion