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House Committee Approves Killing Wild Horses

The House Appropriations Committee voted to remove language banning the killing of healthy wild horses by 'humane euthanization'....
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House Panel Lifts Horse Slaughter Ban

A House panel voted to lift the ban on horse slaughter. While the barn door is open for horse slaughter in the U.S. the measure has to pass Congress....
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Horses will now have increased protections under the law just like dogs and cats. First-time offenders can be charged with a felony for serious offenses.

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Tougher Animal Cruelty Bill into Law

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the animal cruelty bill into law meaning tougher penalties for animal abusers....
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Bill S.299, sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy, R-Yorktown, which would increase the penalty for multiple convictions of torturing, killing or failing to provide sustenance to an animal to a felony, if convicted within five years from the date of a prior conviction. This will also help protect people as well because animal cruelty is often linked to violence against humans, the sponsors say.

NY Senate Passes Animal Protection Measures

The New York Senate passed measures aimed at bolstering animal protection. Under one measure, the maximum penalties for aggravated animal cruelty would increase from two years in prison and a $5,000 fine to four years in ...
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Anti-Doping Authority Introduced in Horseracing Integrity Act

No doping 24 hrs before racing Lawmakers introduced the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2651) Thursday. It would create a new anti-doping and medication authority and standardize racing medication rules. Rep...
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BLM Budget Proposal Seeks to Euthanize Wild Horses

If approved, it would allow the BLM to use "humane euthanasia and [the] unrestricted sale of certain excess animals". Congress barred the BLM in 2010 from euthanizing healthy animals....
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Legislators voted to temporarily repeal the state veterinarian rule requiring a vet license in order to offer equine massage services.

Tennessee Legislation Allows Equine Massage Therapists to Work Legally

Tennessee law now allows equine massage therapists to massage their customer's horses without a veterinarian license....
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Whoa to Horse Soring

Soring Rule to Eliminate Big Lick Suspended by Memorandum

A soring rule to eliminate the abusive practice of the "Big Lick" is suspended with other legislation after the inauguration. ...
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USDA Anti-Soring Bill Reintroduced to Congress

Anti-Soring Bill Reintroduced to Congress

Two veterinarians serving in Congress brought a bill forward last week with the goal of eradicating the practice of soring horses. Representatives Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) re-introduced the Prevent Al...
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House Committee Blocks Defunding of Horse Slaughter

House Committee Blocks Defunding of Horse Slaughter

The House Appropriations Committee defeated an effort to extend the ban of horse slaughter on American soil. The amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill was offered by Rep. Sam Farr, a Democrat from California...
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Whoa to Horse Soring

Bill Reintroduced in Attempt to Say Whoa to Horse Soring

Two senators are supporting a bill that could end the cruel practice of horse soring. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) reintroduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1121) last week....
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Judge Extends Temporary Restraining Order Preventing Slaughter of Horses in NM

SAFE Act: Would Ban Slaughter of U.S. Horses for Food

Lawmakers have introduced legislation to prevent the re-establishment of horse slaughter operations within the United States. The bill would also end the current export of American horses for slaughter in Canada and Mexi...
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Massachusetts Toughens Penalties for Animal Abusers

Massachusetts Toughens Penalties for Animal Abusers

The governor of Massachusetts signed new legislation into law that will impose tougher sentences for animal abusers. It also requires veterinarians to report suspected cases of animal abuse....
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Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act Becoming Law

Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act Becoming Law

The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act will amend the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. It will lift the CSA stipulation that controlled substances must be stored and dispensed at the specific address veterinari...
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House Passes Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

House Passes Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act on Tuesday. The bill could make it legal for veterinarians to transport and use controlled substances beyond their primary offic...
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Connecticut Law Removes Horses' Vicious Label

Connecticut Law Removes Horses' Vicious Label

In response to a recent court ruling in Connecticut, a bill is on its way to the governor's desk to protect the horse industry....
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Bill Could Enact New Safety Standards for Equestrian Helmets

Bill Could Enact New Safety Standards for Equestrian Helmets

New legislation could require equestrian helmets manufactured and sold in the United States be held to a higher standard. The Christen O’Donnell Equestrian Helmet Act is named after a 12-year-old girl who died in 1998...
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Congress Slashes Horse Slaughter Funding

The Senate passed a spending bill that includes a provision cutting funding for inspections at U.S. horse slaughterhouses....
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NM Attorney General Files Suit to Halt Horse Slaughter

Bill Could Ban Horse Slaughter in U.S.

State and federal lawsuits that have repeatedly delayed the opening of horse slaughterhouses in New Mexico and Missouri could be moot if the budget bill up for a vote in Congress this week passes without changes. The spen...
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