Pack Line Headlines: Horse trainer suspended; Class B dog and cat dealers under fire

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The Associated Press has reported Doug O’Neill, the trainer of race horse I’ll Have Another, has been suspended 45 days by the California Horse Racing Board. O’Neill has denied direct involvement in giving horses performance-enhancing substances, but the rules apparent hold the trainer ultimately responsible.

The AP story also included this tidbit – “” It was O’Neill’s third total carbon dioxide violation in California and fourth in his career. In 2010, he was suspended and fined for a similar offense involving one of his horses that ran in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course in suburban Chicago. “”

The American Anti-Vivisection Society is claiming the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is “falling far short” of a goal to protect dogs and cats from abuse at the hands of research labs.

The AAVS reports – “” Most recently, AAVS has learned that R&R Research, a random source Class B dealer with multiple Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations, has been awarded a new license by the USDA. “”

The USDA should be the enforcement arm for the AWA. But the AAVS explains that in “2009 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report detailing USDA’s failure to effectively manage random source Class B dealers.

Once again, we see the existing regulations and the enforcement of animal-welfare laws are very, very weak. Just the phrase “Class B dealer” should be cause for alarm.