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The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is currently updating its New Jersey Directory of Equine Facilities for 2010. The document includes a listing of facilities that board, show and train horses, as well as saddle shops and feed stores.

A pony recently obtained by an equine rescue group from a sale barn in Pennsylvania and brought to a stable on a New Jersey premises has been confirmed positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). Officials in Pennsylvania are investigating the source of the infection. The pony has been euthanized.

European horses sent to slaughter require a passport that chronicles every drug the horse has received since birth. Canada and the U.S. do not regulate nor track this information in equines and American horse meat is potentially poisoning European consumers.

A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) request by The Cloud Foundation and Front Range Equine Rescue was denied September 2, 2009 in Federal District Court. The TRO was filed to stop the round up of the Pryor Mountain horses, an action unprecedented in size and scope.

The 41st annual New Jersey Bred All Breed Horse Show and the New Jersey Equine Expo will be held on Saturday, September 19 at the Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern in Allentown. Only horses that are New Jersey Bred and are members of their respective breed groups may participate in the All Breed Horse Show.

By now everyone is familiar with the subject of horses being neglected or starved, along with the claims from those in agricultural circles that slaughter is "necessary" to prevent horse neglect and that it is a way to dispose of unwanted horses.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory is now connected with GlobalVetLink for online submittals of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA/Coggins) tests. Equine Infectious Anemia is a viral disease for which there is no vaccine or cure.

The Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) applauds the actions of the Illinois House of Representatives. On Wednesday, April 1, the House of Representatives convened for the third reading of the Horse Slaughter Bill, HB 583 and a vote of the full house.

The Animal Welfare Institute commends the Illinois General Assembly's House of Representatives for reaffirming their commitment to equine welfare by opposing an attempt to overturn the state's 2007 ban on horse slaughter on the House floor today.

President Obama has signed into law the Stimulus Bill, which is intended to provide a jump-start to the U.S. economy. The Stimulus Act continues the bigger write-off for horses and other property purchased and placed in service during 2009.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched an investigation after confirming that horse semen was imported into Canada from a United States stallion subsequently determined to be infected with contagious equine metritis (CEM). There are no human health implications with this disease.

To educate New Jersey's equine industry, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture has prepared the document 'Horse-Keeping Businesses and New Jersey Sales and Use Tax.' The document was developed in cooperation with and approved by the New Jersey Division of Taxation and can be downloaded from the Department's website under 'Publications, 'For Farmers'.

There will be activities for everyone, from those involved in the equine industry to those who simply admire horses, at the 20th annual Festival of Horses being held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, August 10th at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown.

According to an opinion piece in the U.S. News & World Report, Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Kentucky Republican is working hard behind the scenes on Capital Hill to clean up the United States horse industry.

Today (June 18), the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) donated Charlie Leerhsen's book, Crazy Good: The true story of Dan Patch, the most famous horse in America, to public libraries, university libraries, and secondary school libraries across the state.

On Tuesday, June 3, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles Kuperus spoke to 32 new or newly tenured Rutgers faculty, during the annual Rutgers University New Faculty Traveling Seminar's agriculture stop at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge.

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