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January 05, 2009

Helper Parrots, Guide Horses Face Legal Challenges : NPR

Chances are you've seen a blind person accompanied by a guide dog. But what about a guide horse or a monkey trained to help an agoraphobic? Non-traditional service animals help many people with disabilities, but a new proposal would ban them.

Full Story and links to a Blog and other information on the subject.

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September 09, 2008

Horse ready for adoption

San Diego

A horse who had recently given birth and was found nearly starved to death in a corral has been nursed back to health and is ready for adoption.
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She was at death's door,” Carlson said in an interview. “All she needed was food and water. That's what makes this so egregious.”
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She had no water and the hay in the corral was out of reach. Her foal, which appeared to have been dead for some time, was found nearby.

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For anyone interested in buying her, sealed bids are now being taken, at www.sddac.com. Bids will be opened Sept. 18.

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July 23, 2008

Jockey Club launches horse injury database

AP:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A system for tracking injuries to thoroughbred racehorses is being enacted on a national level.

The Jockey Club on Tuesday announced the launch of the Equine Injury Database system for monitoring on-track racing injuries. Most major tracks already have been keeping track of injury data for the past year in a pilot program.

The Jockey Club is funding and developing the project. Kentucky equine medical director Mary Scollay developed the standardized reporting form for listing injuries.

Racehorse safety has received heightened public awareness lately with the high-profile deaths of Barbaro and Eight Belles.

A study by The Associated Press found at least 5,000 horse deaths reported at thoroughbred tracks since 2003. Countless others went unreported.

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May 26, 2008

158 Horses saved from Slaughter.

There is a very quick commercial first.

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May 12, 2008

ASPCA: FEDERAL ACTION ALERT

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END HORSE EXPORT FOR SLAUGHTER
Now that the sun has set on 2007, the two-year session of the 110th Congress is half over—the time is now to urge your federal senators and representative to get moving on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

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April 18, 2008

Equine Health Database

This index is accessible by subject area, and sorted within subject area by the university of organization conducting the research. Larger subject areas have been split into multiple files to minimize download times. You can use the "Search" or "Find" function of your browser to look for keywords within each subject area. Subjects included are:

Anesthesiology
Bacteriology
Cardiopulmonary & Cardiovascular
Digestive System
Endocrine System
Exercise Physiology
Genetics
Hematology
Hepatic System
Immunology
Musculo-Skeletal (A - Cambridge)
Musculo-Skeletal
(CEZ de Rambouillet - Murdoch)
Musculo-Skeletal (Ohio State - Z)
Neoplasia
Neonatal
Nervous System
Nutrition
Ophthalmology
Parasitology
Pathology
Pharmacology
Radiology
Reproductive System (A - Florida)
Reproductive System
(Goulburn Valley - Z)
Respiratory System
Skin
Surgery
Toxicology
Urogenital System
Virology
Miscellaneous

Visit the site, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

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April 12, 2008

Owner refuses to have ailing horse euthanized, faces cruelty charges

Full Story at the Boston Herald

An equine right-to-die struggle over an elderly, arthritic horse is being fought on the Internet and in court, where the old bay mare’s owner is facing cruelty charges.

The case for euthanasia for Quincy, a 29-year-old bay mare who is plagued with sores and can barely stand, is being championed by animal-welfare advocates, who have given the horse her own MySpace [website] page detailing her plight.

“She’s taken a group of divergent people and managed to galvanize them,” said Jane Belleville, a Mendon horse trainer who boarded Quincy nine years ago. “No animal should suffer like this animal is suffering.”

But Quincy’s owner, Elliot S. Saffran, 57, of Milford, refuses to have the old horse put down. Saffran is due in Uxbridge District Court May 6 to answer one count of animal cruelty. He could face up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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April 11, 2008

Owner refuses to have ailing horse euthanized, faces cruelty charges

Full Story at the Boston Herald

An equine right-to-die struggle over an elderly, arthritic horse is being fought on the Internet and in court, where the old bay mare’s owner is facing cruelty charges.

The case for euthanasia for Quincy, a 29-year-old bay mare who is plagued with sores and can barely stand, is being championed by animal-welfare advocates, who have given the horse her own MySpace [website] page detailing her plight.

“She’s taken a group of divergent people and managed to galvanize them,” said Jane Belleville, a Mendon horse trainer who boarded Quincy nine years ago. “No animal should suffer like this animal is suffering.”

But Quincy’s owner, Elliot S. Saffran, 57, of Milford, refuses to have the old horse put down. Saffran is due in Uxbridge District Court May 6 to answer one count of animal cruelty. He could face up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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February 11, 2008

"Shock video" exposes Italy's horse-meat trade

Animal-rights activists are distributing a video to denounce what they say is the cruelty with which tens of thousands of horses are brought to Italy each year where they are slaughtered for their meat.

The video documents truck journeys - lasting up to 46 hours - of groups of horses from Spain to Italy in which the animals are crammed together, said LAV which posted the footage on its web site on Tuesday.

"The horses are transported on the trucks without rest, without adequate food or water, standing in their own excrement in temperatures that in summer rise above 40 degrees Celsius," said LAV which is adhering to a global campaign to end the transportation of animals over long distances for slaughter.

The campaign is led by coalition of leading animal welfare groups, Handle With Care, which produced the video titled Spain to Italy.

"The transport of refrigerated meat has existed for over 125 years, yet millions of horses, cattle, pigs, sheep and goats suffer and die each year during transport to destinations where they slaughtered for (human) consumption which is not necessary," LAV representative Roberto Bennati said...

According to LAV, Italy holds the "negative" record for the highest consumption of equine or horse meat in Europe with many of the animals destined for the abattoir imported from Spain and Eastern Europe - mainly Lithuania, Romania and Poland.

The Italian market - equine meat is highly regarded in southern regions such as Puglia - accounts for 84 per cent of all horses transported live across Europe for slaughter.

In 2006, 80,000 of the around 170,000 horses slaughtered in Italy were imported.

Unhealthy conditions in which animals are transported can also have negative repercussions on humans, as weak, filthy animals are more likely to become ill and to spread diseases, LAV said.

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