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News & Updates for July 2008

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News July 2008

28 July
 FIRE  Kingsport, 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


 RACING  AU: 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.

Source: ABC News


 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


 HSE  UK: Child safety on farms (and at riding establishments)

Timely advice on keeping children safe during the school holidays.  Although aimed at the agricultural sector, many of the comments equally apply to riding establishments.

Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)


 HSE   UK: Video - Health and Safety Minister Lord McKenzie at the risk assessment campaign launch event

At the campaign launch event on 24 June, Health and Safety Minister Lord McKenzie outlined the aims and outputs of the European Campaign on risk assessment that will run over a two year period.

Source: Health And Safety Executive (HSE)


23 July
 WELFARE   UK: First lady of racing launches new BHS welfare campaign at Royal International

BHS in sickness and health campaign

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.

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 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 

Related information

  HSE - First aid at work                          

  BHS - Equine Specific First Aid Course (Equine Specific First Aid is designed to teach human first aid to those specifically involved within the horse industry). 


 INCIDENT   Ireland: 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.

Source:  Independent.ie


3 July

 DISEASE  UK: 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.

Source:  Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


1 July

 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.

Further information on EDM procedure can be found in the Commons Information Office Factsheet Early Day Motions.


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  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.

  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 campaign.

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


   Breaking 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 159,000.

For more information about Strangles and the campaign visit www.strangles.org


   World Horse Welfare (formerly ILPH) 'Make a Noise' campaign

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