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Investigative Timeline

Keith Dane, Director of Equine Protection for HSUS, talks about the undercover investigation of abuse at the stable of a prominent trainer of Tennessee Walking Horses....

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Do Your Duty

Vets who suspect animal abuse or neglect are required to report their suspicions in some states, allowed to make reports in others, and prohibited from doing so under most circumstances in Kentucky. It's a loophole in the law that should be closed. ...

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New York, New York

Legislators in Suffolk County are adding teeth to the country’s first animal abuse registry and state lawmakers are trying to ban horse-drawn carriage rides in the city of New York. Suffolk County, located on the eastern end of Long Island, last year became the first municipality in the country to require individuals convicted of animal abuse to add their names to a government database. There are legal...

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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...

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Breaking The Link

Reliable evidence establishing a link between animal abuse and domestic violence continues to grow. According to the American Humane Association, a national advocacy group established in 1877 to address the related issues of child and animal abuse, almost three-quarters of pet-owning women who enter shelters report that their abusers had injured, killed, or threatened family pets. Between 25 per cent...

A Necessary Evil

It’s a familiar story, and a frustrating one for many animal welfare advocates. Someone is arrested and charged with animal abuse or neglect. If the defendant is prominent enough, or the abuse horrific enough, there will be a splash in the press for a few days. Reports cite the maximum sentences faced by the defendant: prison time, fines, or both. Depending on the state, the offenses might be felonies...

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Getting It Right

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Stevens a few weeks ago generated responses on two different fronts. Many animal welfare advocates decried the ruling, which found unconstitutional a federal law supposedly aimed at "crush videos." The 10-year-old law never was used for its stated purpose, however. It had been applied only once, to convict Robert Stevens for the sale of dog fighting...

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Time To Take A Stand

The Jockey Club imposed the organization’s version of the death penalty on Lope M. Gonzalez a few days ago, denying the Florida Thoroughbred breeder "all privileges of The American Stud Book." The lifetime ban on registering Thoroughbred foals or submitting any documents relating to foal registration takes effect on January 1, 2011. The nearly 11-month lag between The Jockey Club’s decision to impose...

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Anatomy Of A Sentence

The animal cruelty trial of Nebraska horse owner Jason Meduna has attracted a lot of attention recently. More than 200 seriously malnourished and neglected horses were removed from Meduna’s 3-Strikes Ranch, ironically promoted as a haven for rescued mustangs, almost a year ago. In January, a Morrill County jury found him guilty on 145 separate counts of abandonment of an animal and cruel neglect. Conviction...

Horse Rescue: Are You Part of the Solution, or Part of the Problem?

It's an all-too-common issue these days: you take good care of your horses, providing food, water, shelter, attention, veterinary care, a farrier, the works, but your neighbor does not. What do you do? An old adage (are there any new adages?) says that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. That sounds like an unequivocal call to action, and some individuals and organizations...

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