The American Horse Council has announced that its theme for this year’s National Issues Forum is “Where Have All the Horses Gone.” Every major equine breed registry has seen a dramatic drop in the number of horses registered with them over the last five years. Is this a function of the economy or a fundamental, permanent change in the industry? What are the numbers? Is it an absence of owners, rather than horses? What will it mean for the industry, short and long-term? Are some breeds and activities affected more than others? What can, or should, be
Legislation has been introduced in Congress to amend the 1961 Federal Wire Act to ban all forms of interstate wagering, except horse racing. The bill, named the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, was introduced by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) (H.R. 4301) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) (S. 2159). The legislation would amend the Federal Wire Act – the 1961 federal law that prohibits interstate wagering - to prohibit interstate Internet gaming.
Today, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) (S.1406). The PAST Act would strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and finally end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses. The AHC has been working to advance this important piece of legislation in both the Senate and House and is pleased it is one step closer to passage.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that farmers and ranchers, including horse breeding farms and ranches, can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15.