Horses and the Law

August 2009 - Posts

Animal Abuse Laws--The Best and the Worst

Each of us has an obligation to report suspected animal abuse and neglect to the proper authorities. It might not be a legal obligation, but it certainly is a moral one. Self-help is not an option, no matter how well-intentioned, and may result in civil or criminal action against you. But who are the "proper" authorities? They are animal control officers, law enforcement officers, humane... Read More

Justice Delayed, Part 2

An often overlooked factor in the success or failure of legislation is the name of the law. Take "No Child Left Behind," federal legislation that was enacted during the George W. Bush administration to set a federal standard for acceptable student performance in elementary, middle, and high schools. Whether No Child Left Behind has accomplished its goals is debatable, but there is no question... Read More

Justice Delayed, Part 1

When British Prime Minister William Gladstone suggested that “justice delayed is justice denied” more than a hundred years ago, he almost certainly didn’t have the integrity of Thoroughbred racing in mind. But the idea that postponing punishment imposed for an offense simply for the sake of convenience crops up every now and then, especially when a jockey or trainer continues to win races while a suspension... Read More

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Equine lawyers don’t sue horses—but what, exactly, do they do? And why does it matter? Horses and the Law brings you an in-depth look at the important legal issues affecting horse owners and exhibitors today, including liability, sales and bloodstock agents, contracts and other business concerns, taxes, the animal rights vs. animal welfare debate, and legislation. If you agree with something, or even if you don’t, feel free to comment. Just keep it tasteful. And remember that Horses and the Law does not—and cannot—address your specific legal problems, and is not a source of legal advice. For that, you should contact your own attorney.