International & National

Thanks to a team of University of Guelph researchers, we are one step closer to having a welfare assessment tool tailored for horses in Canada. The research team, headed by Cordelie DuBois and Katrina Merkies, recently designed and tested an on-farm welfare assessment tool.

The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada has issued a position statement on the classification of equine as livestock. The statement maintains that consistent regulations and definitions regarding equine across Canada would improve the viability, impact, and understanding of the Canadian equine industry.

June 14, 2018 - Town council in Beaverlodge, Alberta has turned down proposed changes to a bylaw that would have banned horses from that community. Changes to the Beaverlodge Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw would have allowed horses currently owned to be grandfathered in, with new horses allowed on land zoned for agriculture.

An early morning fire near Erin, Ontario, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, has claimed the lives of six draft horses and completely destroyed their barn along with equipment. Wellington OPP report that a mare, a foal, and four yearlings perished in the blaze, and the barn was completely destroyed.

On June 11, 2018, the Ontario SPCA announced that a 56-year-old woman from Peterborough, Ontario has been charged with 33 counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act following an investigation into the treatment of horses, sheep and dogs in her care.

On June 10, 2018, Berit Turner riding Swallowfield Eno Hilaire rode a First Level Test 3 at the Victoria-Saanich CADORA Horse Council competition, held at the Saanich Fairgrounds to become the third member of this CADORA club to be honoured as a member of the Century Club.

On June 11, 2018, at a special meeting of the board of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, the Board of Directors voted to remove Jimmy Williams as an inductee.

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