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NZ Will Lead Artificial Insemination Debate
New Zealand "will lead the way when putting forward a renewed international debate on the question of Artificial Insemination in the thoroughbred industry," reported nzracingnews.co.nz. The NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Association council "has agreed with NZ Thoroughbred Racing's intention to present the issue of Artificial Insemination in the thoroughbred industry to the International Studbook Committee authorities meeting later this year". The NZTBA council "has also supported further discussion with the international thoroughbred community on the development of an international protocol for AI which could be implemented in the event of a major equine health catastrophe". NZTBA president Peter Francis said a questionnaire on the subject of AI had been posted on the organisation's website & "after consideration of the responses, in which a wide range of opinions were expressed both for & against, the NZTBA council did not adopt an official view on Artificial Insemination, but the Council agreed that it does support international debate on the subject."