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|Artificial Insemination court case in Australia
IFHA News No.1 (2010)
REF: Artificial Insemination court case in Australia
Mr. Bruce McHugh, who has extensive breeding interests, has brought a case of Artificial Insemination (AI) to the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney. He claims that the AI ban is in breach of the Trade Practices Act and threatens competition in the markets of breeding, selling and racing.
All respondents are currently filing their defense.
Mr. Peter McGauran, former Federal Agriculture Minister demonstrated his concern by saying that “Every major breeding country and racing, for that matter, around the world, to which Australia exports more than 2500 horses for in excess of $100 million, will exclude from those markets any horse that is conceived by way of artificial insemination and possibly even those conceived by way of natural serve.”
The Thoroughbred Breeders Association in Australia also issued a media release in January, quoting research using the Australian Standardbred industry as a model.
The International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering clearly states in Article 12 that “Any foal resulting from or produced by the processes of Artificial Insemination…….., shall not be eligible for recording in a Thoroughbred Stud Book approved by the International Stud Book Committee.”
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