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Mandatory Minimums

Comments from the public played an important role in the USDA's decision to implement a new rule requiring minimum penalties for violations of the Horse Protection Act....

Ag-Gag Update

An undercover investigator for the Humane Society of the United States exposed abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses. So-called "ag-gag" laws written to protect agricultural operations from the prying eyes of outsiders would stifle similar clandestine investigations. ...

Nowhere to Hide

Tracking animal abusers can be difficult and frustrating. Online registries for convicted abusers are a new phenomenon aimed at easing the problem, with legislation pending in several states....

Pay to Play in Congress

Are campaign contributions the driving force behind action, or inaction, in Congress? When it comes to antislaughter legislation, it's more than a numbers game. ...

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Horses and Cattle and Pigs, Oh My

Pig producers came out on top in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that has implications for state efforts to ban or restrict horse slaughter. ...

Rules of the Road

Horses and highways are a volatile mix and accidents are tragic. Knowing the rules of the road in your state is the first step toward staying safe on the highway....

State Of The States

Illinois has the best animal protection laws in the country, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Kentucky has the worst. Where does your state rank? ...

Will of the People

What is the "will of the people" when it comes to horse slaughter legislation in Congress? It depends on who you ask....

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Fish Or Cut Bait

With a stop-gap funding ban on horse slaughter inspections left out of the new appropriations bill, there is added incentive for Congress to act on pending anti-slaughter legislation. Whether Congress can overcome its own inertia is anybody's guess. ...

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Sentimental Journey, Part 2

Allowing an owner to recover damages for the sentimental value of an animal harmed by someone's negligence is the first step down a slippery slope leading to reduced access to affordable veterinary care, according to opponents of non-economic awards. ...

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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.