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Fury as British Ministry of Defence admits it has killed over 100 'War Horses' in six years

Fury as British Ministry of Defence admits it has killed over 100 'War Horses' in six years | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
ANIMAL RIGHTS campaigners have blasted military chiefs after the Ministry of Defence admitted it has killed more than 100 'War Horses' in the last six years.
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@FranJurga writes: The British military obviously has a policy for evaluating sick or injured horses and a decision process for deciding which ones are rehabilitated and which are euthanized. This report in a British newspaper suggests that the number of horses in the latter category is deemed too high by "animal rights campaigners"--although only one group is quoted.

No comparison is made with the percentage of working horses euthanized in other public service jobs, such as police horses, or for sport, race or recreational horses. It would be interesting to know before jumping to a conclusion about these statistics.

 

British military horses perform ceremonial duties and entertain the public in demonstrations at events. They work very hard and most live in cramped city conditions with little turnout or vacation time, thanks to military traditions and busy performance schedules.

 

Perhaps the thing to protest is whether or not the military horses enjoy the same standard of health as other British horses. Hopefully, they do. If not, we should all protest on their behalf.

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I’ll Have Another Controversy Sets Stage for Today’s Senate Hearing on Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Thoroughbred Racehorses | The Jurga Report

I’ll Have Another Controversy Sets Stage for Today’s Senate Hearing on Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Thoroughbred Racehorses | The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Today’s news, shared early yesterday by the New York Times, suggests that Doug O’Neill knew throughout the horse’s preparation for the Belmont that his horse was unsound. The story stated that the horse had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis after a post-Preakness set of radiographs and that two days before the Belmont “the colt was injected with two powerful painkillers as well as a synthetic joint fluid”.


The allegations came on the eve of a US Senate Commerce Committee hearing investigating the use of medication and performance-enhancing drugs in racing.


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Complementary Medicine: American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates to Consider Discouraging Homeopathy for Animals; Holistic Organizations Respond

Complementary Medicine: American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates to Consider Discouraging Homeopathy for Animals; Holistic Organizations Respond | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

When the American Veterinary Medical Assocation (AVMA) House of Delegates meets tomorrow for its regular winter session, the agenda includes a proposal to review the existing AVMA Guidelines for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in regard to the practice of homeopathy. And to discourage and discredit the practice.


@FranJurga writes: The Jurga Report gives summaries of documents posted by the AVMA as well as responses from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) and Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.


Do you have experience with veterinary homeopathy? Please click through and leave a comment on The Jurga Report at the end of this article.


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