Residents in Kerikeri, New Zealand, have won the right to keep their piles of fresh manure right where they left them--in the streets.

As reported by Stuff.co.nz, the controversial bylaw, stating riders had to immediately pick up horse droppings in public places, was originally drafted due to droppings left by a Clydesdale near a local cafe. Local horse owners swarmed the council with more than 100 letters opposing the bylaw, which was then repealed.

Anti-dropping campaigner Charlie Smellie (yes, that really is his name) was unhappy with the repeal, stating that the wording of the original bylaw should have applied the cleaning of the poop to only the Kerikeri central business district.

 


The Daily Mail UK reports a woman is suing Britain's Ministry of Defense (MoD) for the death of her 2 year old German Warmblood colt. "Alfie" reportedly died Sept. 3, 2009, after running his head into the stall door and wall when a Red Arrows display flew low over the barn. (The Red Arrows is the Royal Airforce Aerobatic Team, much like the United States Navy's Blue Angels.)

Laura Head, of Plymouth, Devon, had only owned Alfie for 10 days when the freak accident occurred and said he was a 'star in the making' on the dressage circuit. When she left the barn at 4:45 p.m. the colt was alive, but upon her return 30 minutes later, he was dead in his stall. Head filed an official complaint to the MoD after the incident, but she claims there was no response.

A MoD spokesperson said, "Aircrew do not fly over livestock or horses deliberately and will try to avoid them whenever it is safe and practicable to do so. Low-flying training is carried out across the UK to develop and practise the tactics and techniques necessary to ensure the delivery of the full range of airpower capabilities."

Thanks to Dawn for the tips!