The horses of “Las Luminarias”, the Festival of Fire

Every year, in the central province of Avila in Spain, locals honour San Antonio Abad (Saint Anthony). Saint Anthony is a patron saint of animals and locals celebrate him in the traditional festival of Las Luminarias. The night before the festival, dozens of locals ride horses through bonfires to honour the saint. Is this how… Continue reading The horses of “Las Luminarias”, the Festival of Fire

De Blasio making another push to ban NYC carriage horses

In his waning weeks in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio is making one last-ditch effort to ban New York City’s horse-drawn carriage industry, a promise he made when he first became mayor and a long controversial issue that has been the target of animal rights advocates. Mayor Bill de Blasio has long sided with animal… Continue reading De Blasio making another push to ban NYC carriage horses

SAFE Act needs your support

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

Horse slaughter for human consumption is a grisly, predatory business — and big business. According to Beef Magazine production totals are about 1.6 billion pounds of horse meat annually. "This protein supply annually generates U.S. $1 billion in imports and exports combined," they write. Besides the obvious horrors of slaughter for the horses, there is… Continue reading SAFE Act needs your support

Tell Delaware to revoke training license of horse abuser Amber Cobb

When the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission reduced a two-year suspension to just 60 days for trainer Amber Cobb, who was found by Delaware Park's board of stewards to have “demonstrated cruelty to a horse in her care,” the Paulick Report was besieged with messages of outrage and disgust from a wide array of people in… Continue reading Tell Delaware to revoke training license of horse abuser Amber Cobb

Ban horse soring

Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.

Horse soring should be banned outright. The objective of soring is so horses will perform in an exaggerated high stepping gait known as “the Big Lick” in order to win ribbons in competitions. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 2295) was introduced to the Senate to combat the inhumane practice of “soring” horses.… Continue reading Ban horse soring

Welfare chief condemns abattoir practices shown in Panorama documentary

CROSS POSTED FROM THE RACING POST The chair of racing's Horse Welfare Board has reacted with astonishment to Panorama's evidence, broadcast on Monday night, that many ex-racehorses have been transported from Ireland to be killed in an abattoir near Swindon. Barry Johnson, a former president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, also deplored the… Continue reading Welfare chief condemns abattoir practices shown in Panorama documentary

The Omak Suicide Race returns in 2021

Omak, Washington is a remote town in northern Washington, on the border of the Colville Indian reservation. The town is known for its annual rodeo, the Omak Stampede, and the controversial Suicide Race that runs with it. It has been called “The Deadliest Horse Race in the World.” Cancelled in 2020, the insanely treacherous Suicide… Continue reading The Omak Suicide Race returns in 2021

Crapo, Warner reintroduce bipartisan PAST Act to prevent horse soring

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2021) — U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) have again reintroduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S.2295) to protect horses from the abusive show practices.  Soring is a process by which horse trainers intentionally apply substances or devices to horses’ limbs to make each step painful and force… Continue reading Crapo, Warner reintroduce bipartisan PAST Act to prevent horse soring

Is ending horse racing within our power?

Racehorse in red hood. The Horse magazine online.

In an article entitled "My Turn: It's not all mint juleps and fancy hats", for the May 5, 2021 Opinion Column of the Concord Monitor, Emily Murphy writes: Ending horse racing is within our power. Look to greyhound racing for proof of that. Only three states now have greyhound tracks. After a long awareness campaign… Continue reading Is ending horse racing within our power?

Electric carriages in Mérida, a serious project to stand against animal cruelty

The Yucatan Times reports: Mèrida, Yucatan (May 3, 2021) — This Saturday, May 1st the PAN candidate for mayor, Renán Barrera Concha; presented in the park of “La Ermita” a model that could replace animal traction carriages. The project to replace with electric calesas those that are drawn by horses in Mérida is serious. Barrera Concha said that he would seek to modify the regulations for the… Continue reading Electric carriages in Mérida, a serious project to stand against animal cruelty