EU to tighten rules on horse passports

Animal Health: EU to tighten rules on horse passports

Equine PassportsA Commission proposal to revise the rules for the identification of horses was endorsed yesterday by EU Member States’ experts1. This revised Regulation provides a more reliable and safer European system for the registration and identification of horses in the EU. One of the basic aims is to prevent the inadvertent or fraudulent slaughter for human consumption of horses which must be excluded from the food chain.

EU Commissioner in charge of Health, Tonio Borg said: “As promised, this is another lesson drawn from last year’s horse meat fraud: the rules endorsed by the member States will strengthen the horse passport system in place. I believe that closer cooperation will enhance the safeguards which prevent non-food quality horse meat from ending up on our plates”.

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Skipper’s Story – A Sick Belgian Horse Who Refused To Get On the Trailer to Slaughter

Skipper’s story (reprinted with permission from Coast to Coast Draft Horse Connection)

Skipper died at NH before he could be rescued from tetanusThis is Skipper – Skipper refused to get on the trailer to the slaughterhouse. We did not know much about him, except that he was smart… smart enough not to get on the trailer.

With the help of a network of awesome folks we were able to save Skipper’s life – folks stepped up to network him, share his story, pay his bail.

This morning our quarantine barn was scheduled to pick him up – when we got a call that he was down and unable to get up. Skipper had the signs of advanced Tetanus, although we don’t know for certain. What was clear is that there was no more we could do to help him. This morning, Skipper was put to rest.

Sometimes rescue is hard. Sometimes we don’t win. But what I can tell you is this. If Skipper had gotten on that truck, if we had not stepped up and ransomed him to keep him off the next one, he would have gone down in transit and died beneath the hooves of the other horses in the trailer.

Although we could not give him a new life, at least we could give him a painless death. It is not the big victory we were working for, but it is a victory none the less.

Rest now, Skipper, in your greener pasture. You’ve gone on ahead, we know you’ll be there to greet us at the pasture gate.

Here is a super Belgian who almost shipped even though he was sick with tetanus. Makes you wonder how many get killed and eaten with every disease under the sun.

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Why did Victoria (Australia) police shoot four faithful horses

THE AUSTRALIAN AUGUST 30, 2014 12:00AM
Cameron Stewart
Associate Editor
Melbourne

JUST after dawn on a bone-cold morning in June, a knackery truck rumbled onto the ­property of the Victoria Police Mounted Branch in Attwood, on Melbourne’s northern outskirts.

Mambo in centre 2012 protest

Mambo in centre 2012 protest

Four police horses were led, one by one, from their paddock towards the man with the gun. The first horse brought forward was Hear That Bell. Before his long police career he had come sixth in the 1994 Melbourne Cup at 16/1, far better odds than he faced on this day. The second horse to die was Gold Start, known as Goldie. A single shot through the forehead brought the 21-year-old down, ending his police service, along with the hopes of two young children whose family had agreed to let Goldie live out his days on their farm.

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Reminder! 2014 EWA Conference is quickly coming up!

2014 International Equine Conference
Wellington, FL

September 19 – 21, 2014

Are you ready? It’s time to join us for the 4th Annual International Equine Conference. Here’s an updated list of presenters including the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition.

You’ll learn about what has been going on behind the scenes, programs in the horse industry and everything you wanted to know about horse slaughter as well as the latest news on our wild horses and burros.

Join us as we get together with friends and colleagues.

There will also be a sneak preview of the upcoming documentary “Kill Pen”.

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Horse Killer Finds God, Makes Apology

Posted on August 24, 2014 by

horse-like-joeCanadian horse advocates will almost certainly recall the bizarre case of horse-decapitator Darrell Mowat. In 2012, in a scene straight out of “The Godfather,” the Niagara Falls, Canada man went full-out Don Corleone when he killed and decapitated a draft horse and left its head in the pickup bed of an acquaintance. The remains of the two-year old Percheron, known as “Joe” were later found by Niagara Regional police on a hobby farm in rural Niagara Falls, where Mowat volunteered as a farm hand.

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SOUND OF SILENCE: HORSEMEN VOICE CONCERN OVER EQUINE MEDICAL RECORDS TRANSFER

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From the Paulick Report

When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up, even when the horse moves into the barn, is its medical record.

 

When horses are transferred from barn to barn, veterinary records and medication treatments do not follow

When horses are transferred from barn to barn, veterinary records and medication treatments do not follow

Legally, an animal’s medical history belongs to its owner, but a change in ownership of the animal does not result in a change in ownership of the records—meaning a previous owner and trainer do not have to disclose to a new owner what they did with the horse if they don’t want to. At last month’s Grayson-Jockey Club Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, trainer Gary Contessa expressed frustration with the lack of medical records disclosure in the claiming game.

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Breeder takes starved T-bred home in tears

By Susan Salk on August 21, 2014

Silver and Smoke was seized by the Miami-Dade Police Department in early August, and turned over to the South Florida SPCA. When the filly’s breeder found out about the situation, she raced to the SPCA to take the horse back.

Silver and Smoke was seized by the Miami-Dade Police Department in early August, and turned over to the South Florida SPCA. When the filly’s breeder found out about the situation, she raced to the SPCA to take the horse back.

When the broodmare Quiddich, whose name was derived from the Harry Potter books, delivered a delicate gray filly, her breeder Danzel Brendemuehl knew that life wouldn’t necessarily be a fairy tale for the little foal she named Silver and Smoke.

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