Horses and the Law

April 2010 - Posts

A Cautionary Tale

Horse rescue operations are an unfortunate, but necessary, part of the landscape these days. And the people who take it upon themselves to care for abused and neglected horses should be commended. They also should be warned. A big heart does not entitle anyone to a pass when it comes to compliance with animal welfare statutes. Nor does ignorance of the law. A case on point: Two years ago, Terry Lynn... Read More

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First Amendment 1, Animals 0

In a decision sure to infuriate animal welfare organizations and anyone else concerned about animal abuse, the Supreme Court of the United States on April 20 ruled that a federal law used to convict a person of selling dog fighting videos was unconstitutional. By an 8-1 vote, the Court in United States v. Stevens held that 18 U.S.C. § 48, Depiction of Animal Cruelty, was substantially overbroad and... Read More

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The Economics Of Slaughter

A comment about a recent blog raised an interesting question regarding on-going state attempts to re-introduce horse slaughter to the United States. The writer wondered how the Missouri legislature could try and pass a law authorizing horse processing facilities in the state when there is no federal funding for inspectors at the plants. The answer depends on the often confusing interplay between federal... Read More

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What Were You Thinking?

Nike debuted a new Tiger Woods commercial during the Masters Golf Tournament last week. In the commercial, shot in grainy black and white, Tiger stands facing the camera while the disembodied voice of his late father lectures him over the sex scandal that has clouded the golfer’s career. "I want to find out what your thinking was," the voice of Earl Woods says. "Did you learn anything?" Some of the... Read More

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The Scarlet Letter

For as long as she lived, my mother had an insatiable need to poke her nose into other people’s business. Snooping was her inalienable right, and everyone in the community was fair game. She wore out two of the old rotary dial telephones and obliterated the numbers on key pads of the new models by jabbing at the push buttons with the eraser end of a pencil. Wanting to know everything about everybody... 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.