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Court Challenge To Stud Book AI Ban

Friday, 18th December 2009

Former Sydney Turf Club chairman Bruce McHugh "has revealed plans to mount a legal challenge against the effective ban on artificial insemination of thoroughbred horses in Australia," reported The Sydney Morning Herald. McHugh "has engaged solicitors to prepare court action against the Australian Stud Book - the effective controlling body of thoroughbred breeding - to force it to accept horses bred by artificial insemination". Stud Books around the thoroughbred racing world "have retained a united front against AI, refusing to sanction its use, although the practice is allowed with virtually all other horse breeds". McHugh "believes the refusal to register horses bred by AI or their progeny is a restraint of trade" & declared: "I've been in racing all my life, I've looked at this from every possible angle & the only thing I can see against it is the fact that the major studs see an advantage in not introducing it. I wouldn't be doing it unless I was confident I could get the result I require & I will go down that path until someone can explain to me in simple terms why it's not good for the industry." (Mar 24)

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