TN, USA: Barn fire at Church Hill stable complex is extinguished quickly »
Quick action by local firefighters
prevented what could have been a devastating fire at a Church Hill horse stable complex Saturday evening, although one barn
was damaged and about 1,000 bales of hay were lost.
Source: Kingsport Times News
Calls to ban jump racing after another horse death »
Animal welfare activists are once again drawing attention to the jumping industry,
with yet another horse being killed at weekend races. The latest death on Saturday
brings the toll from the current season to 12, and activists are calling on the Victorian Government to intervene.
HORSE ATTACKS UK: Horse's killing a 'horrific act' »
The suspicious death of a horse after it suffered head injuries has been described
by police as a "despicable and shocking" attack.
Source: BBC News
First lady of racing launches new BHS welfare campaign at Royal International
Jenny Pitman OBE will officially launch The British Horse Society’s new
welfare campaign, ‘In sickness and in health,’ at the Royal International Horse Show, this Friday.
The fundraising campaign is designed to support the BHS’s work of preventing
the suffering of thousands of horses and ponies, which it does by providing expert advice across a broad range of equine topics.
Read more »
INCIDENT UK: Work rider cheats death after fall on Lambourn gallops
Teenager David McMinn had to be revived 17 times
after his horse threw him into the railings on the Lambourn gallops yesterday morning. Tom Lovell-Stagg, operations manager
for the Jockey Club Estates Mandown gallops, was at the scene and proceeded to do CPR for over half an hour. Mr Lovell-Stagg
took an emergency first aid course a few years ago and had taken a refresher course earlier this year.
Mr McMinn is currently in a stable condition in Oxfordshire's John Radcliffe Hospital.
Source: Horse & Hound online
Lucky escape for model after 'spooked' horse falls on top of her »
A 23-year-old woman wearing just a summer dress and no riding hat, was lucky
to escape serious injury after she was thrown off an Army horse which then fell on top of her during a glamorous photo shoot
to promote the Dublin Horse Show. She was taken to hospital with suspected concussion.
One World, One Disease - effects of climate change on animal and human health »
Three quarters of emerging human diseases are transmitted from animals. Professor
Malcolm Bennett, from the National Centre for Zoonoses Research at the University of Liverpool, reminded delegates of this
statistic at the ‘One World, One Disease,’ seminar at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), on 24 June 2008.
College of Veterinary Surgeons
ANIMALS ACT UK: Early Day Motion - Animals Act 1971 (Amendment) Bill
An Early Day Motion brought by Paddy Tipping MP (Sherwood, Nottinghamshire)
on 25 June 2008 calling on the Government to extend the scope of the draft Marine Bill to include the provisions of the Animals Act 1971 (Amendment) Bill was supported by 70 MPs (see the signatories).
The motion read “That this House recognises the support both within
and without Parliament for the Animals Act (Amendment) Bill brought forward by the hon. Member for Preseli, Pembrokeshire;
notes the unfairness resulting from the House of Lords' decision in the case of Mirvahedy versus Henley (2003) under which
the keepers of animals can be held liable for incidents they could not have anticipated; supports the Bill's purpose to ensure
the Animals Act 1971 adequately reflects Parliament's original intention; and calls on the Government to extend the scope
of the draft Marine Bill to include the provisions of the Animals Act 1971 (Amendment) Bill."
Related Information – What’s an
Early Day Motion?
Early day motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted
for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few EDMs are actually debated. Instead, they are used for reasons such as
publicising the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of
parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view. An MP can add
their signature to an EDM to show their support.
on EDM procedure can be found in the Commons Information Office Factsheet Early Day Motions.
Ü UK: From 10 June - Police horses in the television spotlight »
A major new documentary series will give people an exclusive look behind the
scenes of Greater Manchester Police Mounted Unit. The 13-part series will show what it takes to keep officers in the saddle
and patrolling the streets of Greater Manchester. After 18 months of filming, 'Mounted Branch' will be screened exclusively
on Animal Planet channel (Sky 525) from June 10.
Ü UK: 10 August - Horse Play Raises Money for Strangles
Leading equestrian clothing brand, Puffa, who are also partners of the AHT/BHS
Breaking the Strangles Hold campaign are holding the day at Sussex Polo Club in August to raise funds and awareness for the
Everyone is invited to watch the exciting polo action and help support the
campaign. The event promises to be fun-filled and action-packed, with something for all the family. You can take along your
own picnic or treat yourself to food or champagne from on-site caterers.
There will also be a bouncy castle, charity auction, goody bags and opportunities
to shop, with Puffa stockists Frogpool Manor promoting the special Strangles polo shirts and their new range of clothing.
AHT Strangles researchers and scientists will be around on the day to answer
any questions you might have on the disease or the work we’re doing to eradicate it, and members of the fundraising
team will be able to help with any other queries you might have!
The event takes place on Sunday 10th August at Sussex Polo Club. Gates
open at 12pm. Entry is £5 per car, or free if anyone in your party is wearing a Puffa Strangles polo shirt. Dogs
are welcome but must be kept on leads. All profits made from the day will go directly to the Breaking the Strangles Hold campaign.
To buy a polo shirt or tickets to the event, visit www.puffa.com
For more information on the campaign, go to www.strangles.org
the Strangles hold
In February 2007, the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and British Horse Society (BHS)
launched a nationwide Strangles Campaign, which has two aims. The first is to raise awareness of this dreadful equine plague,
and the second is to gain support for the research programme.
For this, the target is to raise £250,000 to fund research into the next stages
of the development of improved means of diagnosis and prevention – ultimately to eradicate this terrible disease.
The campaign was launched by the President of the AHT, HRH The Princess Royal,
at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. It continues to make great progress, with the total raised so far standing at
For more information about Strangles and the campaign visit www.strangles.org