Friday, December 11, 2009

Worldwide support for delayed return of bute in horse sport - Full Article

Abigail Butcher, H&H head of news
11 December, 2009

Equestrians nations, vets and welfare organisations from around the world have welcomed "time out" on the bute row — and plans to put off the re-introduction of painkillers in horse sport for at least a year.

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) last week bowed to increasing pressure from vets and national federations (NFs) as the row over the issue of allowing non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) in competition threatened to split the federation.

FEI president Princess Haya has now asked NFs to support a 12-month delay that could result in a complete U-turn.

"At last some common sense prevails," said endurance vet Fred Barrelet, who wrote a damning letter to Princess Haya after Copenhagen. "This was pushed through far too hastily, so now people can sit back and discuss this properly.


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