The American Quarter Horse Association is “the world’s largest equine breed registry.” Now they’re going to get even larger, because a court has ruled they must accept cloned horses’ applications to join their exclusive club.
The saga began last August when horse owner Jason Abraham and two of his companies, Abraham & Veneklasen Joint Venture and Abraham Equine Inc., filed a lawsuit against the AQHA in Amarillo, Texas, because they had rejected cloned pets’ AQHA applications. Last month, US District Court Judge Mary Lou Robinson ordered the AQHA to allow cloned horses to register among other elite animals. Predictably, the wealthy horse owners are pissed.
“Clones don’t have parents. Cloning is not breeding,” the AQHA said in a press release. “There is a fundamental, shared belief among AQHA members that the art and science of breeding is the way to improve the breed.”