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PETA “Blazes” a New Trail at the Kentucky Derby as Congress Receives Proposed Racing Medication Legislation

PETA “Blazes” a New Trail at the Kentucky Derby as Congress Receives Proposed Racing Medication Legislation | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Mint juleps? Twin spires? Big hats? Those are hardly the images that this billboard designed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) evokes but that’s what you will see if you are in Louisville, Kentucky this week.


The outspoken media experts at PETA have created an image of a horse with a hypodermic needle for a blaze running down its face.


In a touch of classic irony, Congress may soon be deliberating new legislation to preclude drugs from racing. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to clean up the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering.

PETA and Congressional delegations on the same side of an issue? Don’t bet on it, but remember that when it comes to horse racing, anything can happen. And probably will.

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Warmblood Gelding in Westchester County, New York Euthanized: Tests Show Eastern Equine Encephalitis (State Vet Report)

Warmblood Gelding in Westchester County, New York Euthanized: Tests Show Eastern Equine Encephalitis (State Vet Report) | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it


@FranJurga writes: Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) was detected in necropsy samples from an eight to ten year old warmblood gelding today. This is the second case of EEE in a horse in New York state this year.


Veterinary reports include the following details:


The horse has been in Westchester County, NY, and Massachusetts for the last few weeks. The horse’s vaccination history in regard to EEE is not known.


On 8-24-12, the warmblood had acute onset of ataxia and increased digital pulses. The farm’s veterinarian examined the animal and initiated medical treatment and had to return within an hour, because the horse had dramatically deteriorated.


The horse was severely ataxic, febrile, leaning and eventually went down.


Since the vet and trainer noticed such a rapid, dramatic decline in the horse’s condition they elected to humanely euthanize the same day.


There are other horses on the same premises but none are showing signs of illness and have since received a booster EWT vaccine.


A necropsy was performed at the NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the brain was submitted to NYSDOH’s Wadsworth Center on 8/27/2012 for both Rabies and Arboviral testing. Rabies and West Nile Virus tests are negative.


Courtney L. McCracken, DVM
Program Manager: Equine, Outreach, Accreditation
Foreign Animal Disease Investigations, Aquaculture
NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets
Division of Animal Industry


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They're ending the year by taking care of their own--are you? via Paulick Report

They're ending the year by taking care of their own--are you? via Paulick Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

This isn’t a story of a stakes winner, but a familiar one of horses that needed help in finding homes after their racing days were over. It’s a story of how a community of caring people can make a difference in the lives of those horses.


The large and well-known organizations do so much good, yet this grass roots movement by local horse people is just as vital to the overall success of these rescues.  

Fran Jurga's insight:

@FranJurga wrote: The situation is bigger than any of us, but possibly not bigger than all of us.


Please end your year by helping horses in need with donations like Susie describes, and with donations to prevent horses from getting into situations like these. 


When people ask me for advice, I especially recommend donations to laminitis research through the Animal Health Foundation (click to learn more or donate), which funds research on many levels, from the most high-tech science to simplifying insulin resistance testing.


Laminitis affects horses of all ages and all breeds and you only have to visit an auction or horse rescue farm to see how many of the unwanted horses have either active laminitis or evidence of a history of the disease. 


No matter what your choice is, find out what organizations and individuals are at work in your region, and get involved. Some people want to help horses with a specific disease, horses of a specific breed (like Thoroughbreds or Standardbreds or donkeys), and still others develop a relationship with horses that have competed in a sport, been through a tragedy, or that are overcoming great odds.


Today's the day, and the champagne will taste much sweeter (or drier, depending on your bottle) if you know you ended your year on a helpful note.


Click on the big bold headline or Susie's photo to read her lovely article.

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Horse Slaughter: Australia set to export wild donkey meat and edible skins to China

Horse Slaughter: Australia set to export wild donkey meat and edible skins to China | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"The State Government says Queensland could reap millions from a "donkey deal" with China, that would see the joke of the animal kingdom exported for food and traditional medicine.


"Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Tim Mulherin said China had signed a trade protocol with Queensland authorities allowing the export of wild donkey meat and edible skins for the first time.


"As well as allowing Queensland producers to get their mojo back in tough economic times, Mr Mulherin said the deal was likely to put romance in the air in China, where donkey skin is used to boost libido in traditional medicine."


Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-to-become-the-ass-end-of-australia-20090622-csw6.html#ixzz24rRGcSOk


@FranJurga writes: This article gives you an idea of the range of perceptions about feral equines and equine slaughter, in general, in different parts of the world.



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