Will Executive Actions on Immigration Impact the Horse Industry in Oklahoma?

According to the American Horse Council (AHC), President Trump's recent executive actions could impact segments of the horse industry reliant on foreign workers.  Equine businesses unable to fill vacancies with local, American workers can utilize Federal temporary worker programs such as H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers and H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultiral Workers to fill vacancies.  See https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-2a-temporary-agricultural-workers and hsomettps://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-2b-temporary-non-agricultural-workers.…

Does a breed registration certificate prove horse ownership?

If you lost the bill of sale, will your breed registration certificate prove ownership?  The answer is, in Oklahoma, maybe. Case law is sparse on what proves ownership of a horse.  A couple very old cases, 1856 and 1909, describe possession and general acts of ownership, i.e. riding, are evidence of ownership.  See Barnes v.…

USDA APHIS | Updates to APHIS’ Website Removes Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Compliance Information

The USDA has removed from its website information related to the results of animal welfare investigations including information related to horse welfare initiatives such as abolishing soring. According to the website, this information must be requested by filing a Freedom of Information Act request. It's unclear how long such a request would take to process.…

USDA Publishes 2015 Equine Report

In my last blog post, I discussed Oklahoma's laws designed to eradicate Equine Infectious Anemia.  Failure to comply can result in civil and criminal penalties. Today, I am sharing a newly published report commissioned by the USDA which shares equine health metrics within the United States. In December 2016, the USDA's non-regulatory division - National Animal…

What is the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC)?

You may ask why I would write about the EDCC in an equine law blog?  Many states including Oklahoma have laws that require horse owners to take certain steps to prevent the spread of disease.  For example, a horse boarding facility could have liability if a boarding horse is injured or dies because the facility…