Europol and Spain lead horse meat fraud investigation

FOOD SAFETY NETWORK (FSN) reports: December 2, 2022 EUROPEAN authorities have uncovered a network that sold potentially dangerous horse meat in at least four countries. The operation was coordinated by Europol and the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil). A video can be seen here. Operation Yucatán targeted the sale of horse meat unsuitable for consumption. The meat… Continue reading Europol and Spain lead horse meat fraud investigation

Animal protesters call for an end to carriage horses

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania Chris Mautner, reporting for PennLive, writes: A group of animal rights activists gathered outside Philadelphia’s City Hall on Monday to call for an end to the use of horses to pull tourist carriages through the city, according to a story from WHYY. The group protested under the vacant City Council chambers, demanding Philly politicians… Continue reading Animal protesters call for an end to carriage horses

Compromise unacceptable regarding sored Tennessee walking horses

Legislation would force the USDA to undo reforms of the widely supported PAST Act — which ends self-policing in the industry. Horse soring is the use of chemicals or mechanical devices to cause pain to the front feet and legs of horses when they touch the ground. This results in the horses picking up their… Continue reading Compromise unacceptable regarding sored Tennessee walking horses

Victory in court for sored horses

Tennessee Walking Horses peers from his stall during search for proof of horse soring. HSUS image.

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson | HSUS Some really good news from a federal courtroom on a fight we’ve long been waging for horses: Last month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the United States Department of Agriculture had unlawfully withdrawn a 2017 rule designed to fix… Continue reading Victory in court for sored horses

“Big Lick” horses win in court. Can they get a break from Congress?

I'm Mayhem competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

WASHINGTON D.C. — Former U.S. President Donald Trump in January 2017 improperly blocked a new USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service rule meant to protect show horses from taking effect, ruled a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 22, 2022. The appellate court verdict,… Continue reading “Big Lick” horses win in court. Can they get a break from Congress?

Chuckwagon horse dies following injury

CBC NEWS reports: A horse died after being injured in the Rangeland Derby chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede on Thursday night. During the fourth heat of the races, a horse on Cody Ridsdale's team was injured and medical care was immediately dispatched, the Stampede said in a release. "Following veterinary assessment, the owner made… Continue reading Chuckwagon horse dies following injury

Horse blood farming in Iceland

Blaze Trends reports: Iceland is one of the last three countries in the world to allow horse blood farms. But a video from animal welfare associations showing violent abuse on farms has shocked the country. The practices “seem to go against the working conditions of the operation, which aims to ensure the well-being of the… Continue reading Horse blood farming in Iceland

EU animal welfare rules not respected in horse meat trade

Butchering of a horse in Catania. Horse meat is ugly.

Reineke Hameleers, writing for The Brussels Times reports: In 2020, just under 60 million horses are recorded as livestock worldwide, with just over 5 million being slaughtered every year. The EU imports annually more than 16,000 tonnes of horse meat, primarily from Latin America and Canada, to a value of ca €70 million. Ca 44,000… Continue reading EU animal welfare rules not respected in horse meat trade

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