Horses and the Law

December 2010 - Posts

The Year In Review

A lot happened during 2010, some things good, some not so good. Looking back through the year’s blogs I came up with some highlights. What are your choices for the most interesting—or important—equine law stories of 2010? January: A federal district court in the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit filed by activist Christine A. Jubic, who was trying to stop one of the controversial Bureau of Land... Read More

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Are All Animals Equal?

"All animals are created equal But some animals are more equal than others" What brings this commandment from George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm to mind is the recent sentencing of Santiago Cabrera on charges of stealing and slaughtering horses for their meat in Florida. Cabrera entered a guilty plea to a batch of serious felonies in November and on December 17 he was sentenced in a Miami-Dade... Read More

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Crossing The Line?

The Internet, like Alice’s restaurant in the old Arlo Guthrie song, is a place where you can get anything you want. My closet is full of clothes from Land’s End and L.L. Bean, hard-to-find books and CDs come from Amazon, I’m writing this blog on a computer from Dell using notes I made with a pen ordered from Fahrney’s on a pad of paper that came from Levenger’s. The amount of stuff available online... Read More

Testers At The Gate

I was skeptical when the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission drafted "emergency" rules authorizing out-of-competition drug testing prior to the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs, even more so when the rules committee suggested that the policy be made permanent. Pre-race and post-race drug testing are essential to the integrity of racing and the welfare of the horses but giving testing veterinarians virtually... 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.