Category archives for: Legal

U.S. Continues to Fuel Horse Slaughter Market


The year 2015 was not a great one for U.S. opponents of horse slaughter. Although the last two U.S. horse slaughter plants were closed in 2007, an estimated 140,000 American horses are being exported annually for slaughter in Canada and Mexico, purchased at stateside auctions by meat suppliers who truck them across the borders. The animals are more often […]

Battle of Saddles Between FEI and GCL Continues


After legal tussling that has yet to come to a conclusion, the Fédération Équestre Internationale has granted interim approval for member riders to participate unsanctioned in third-party team competition, specifically the newly formed Global Champions League circuit. The ongoing battle sees the FEI and the GCL, two of the world’s most powerful horse sport entities pitted in a confrontation […]

Horse Slaughter Opponents Fight Back

Frightened eye of horse bound for slaughter.

Animal protection groups are battling efforts to open horse slaughter plants, filing suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in federal court on grounds that the requisite National Environmental Protection Act impact reports were not conducted for proposed facilities in Illinois and New Mexico. The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue, […]

Welcome Mat at Slaughterhouse?

Young chestnut horse staggers from a vehicle upon delivery at a slaughterhouse.

Equine welfare advocates were struck a blow in November, when Congress passed a 2012 budget that was, at the last minute, stripped of an amendment that effectively prevented horse slaughter plants from operating in the U.S. This marks the first time since 2006 that this protection has not been part of the budget. The clause, […]

Slaughter opponents gather in Victorville

The stone facade of City Hall in Victorville, CA, the location of a wild horse rally and hearing. has pulled together a rally and political fact-finding meet in Victorville tomorrow. Beginning at 11 a.m. with a rally outside City Hall, the event will then segue to a 1-3 p.m. community meeting with politicians and government agency representatives. SoCal activist Randal Masaro conceived the event prior to this morning’s cataclysmic conference vote on […]

Senate Kills Slaughter Hurdle

A clearly terrified gray horse makes its way through a kill chute in the march to slaughter.

It’s a bad news day for opponents of horse slaughter. A congressional conference committee passed a version of the 2012 Agriculture, Commerce and Transportation/Housing budget that excised language preventing the opening of horse slaughter plants in the U.S. That protective language ― which de-funded the USDA’s inspection of horse meat destined for human consumption ― […]

Biz & Prof Code change impacts CA horse owners


Although most professional equine sales agents already use written sale agreements, bills of sale and broker agreements to fully disclose all relationships in equine sales transactions, it is worth noting that as of January California law requires that all horse sales be documented in writing. Specifically, it is required that a written agreement disclose the […]

Prison Sentence in Horse Fraud Case


A California woman was sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $272,000 in restitution for fraudulent transactions and animal cruelty in cases involving the Internet sale of horses. Thirty-two-year-old Wrightwood resident Trina Lee Kenney pleaded guilty to mail fraud before the United States District Court on April 13, 2011, admitting […]

Senate Moves to End Slaughter

A horse enters the slaughter chute. (Photo by Kathy Milani/Humane Society of the U.S.)

Lawmakers are rallying to keep horses off dinner plates. Backed by 16 senators, the “American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011” was introduced June 9. The bill, S. 1176, would explicitly outlaw the killing of horses for meat in the U.S and prohibit the transport of horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. With bi-partisan […]

Dogs Attack Horse at Hansen Dam


On May 20 a horse and rider were attacked by three canines on the trail in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area in the Lakeview Terrace section of Los Angeles. The dogs were identified as pit bulls by Jodi Pavlovich, who is, ironically, a dog trainer. The dogs were being walked off-leash by owners who were […]

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