The best of last week’s horsey headlines from around the globe… straight from the horse’s mouth.
February 17 ~ Daily Mail UK reports that the devastating flooding in Britain will impact wildlife as well as domesticated animals. Warning! Article contains disturbing photos. In a related story, BBC News reports an Essex horse sanctuary is “inundated” with abandoned animals.
February 17 ~ South China Morning Post reports American rider Richard Spooner and 62 horses worth hundreds of millions of dollars flew in safely on Monday morning from Liege in Belgium for the Longines Hong Kong Masters at AsiaWorld-Expo.
February 18 ~ France24 reports that a viral video of horse abuse has shocked Saudi Arabia. Warning! The video attached to this article is extremely disturbing.
February 18 ~ Elko Daily Free Press reports The Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Corrections are hosting the first of three annual saddle-trained horse adoption events at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City.
February 19 ~ Houston Chronicle reports Oklahoma Sen. Randy Bass is making a plea for a bill that would require county voters to approve any horse slaughtering facilities. This comes after the Oklahoma Legislature ended the 50-year ban on slaughter of horses for human consumption.
February 19 ~ Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the government spent less than 1 percent of its wild horse management budget on contraception programs and more than 60 percent on horse holding facilities last fiscal year.
February 21 ~ Houston Chronicle reports the Houston Humane Society is asking for the public’s help to track down whoever is responsible for abandoning a dog and a horse in the Acres Homes area of north Houston. Warning! Article contains disturbing photos.
February 22 ~ JournalStar reports Nebraska’s “Peter Rabbit” died at the age of 38. Peter Rabbit became a celebrity when the Scott family fought attempts by city leaders to evict the horse from the elder Scott’s acreage in town under an ordinance that bans large animals inside the city limits.
February 22 ~ The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a strongly worded internal memo from Wild Horse and Burro Division Chief Joan Guilfoyle recommended suspending all roundups until thousands of mustangs currently in federal corrals are sold or adopted.
February 23 ~ The Courier reports Houston authorities are searching for the owners of two loose horses involved in a fatal accident on the roadway at FM 1484 near Rolling Wood Loop, in Montgomery County Texas.