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4 Ky. J. Equine Agric. & Nat. Resources L. 55 (2011-2012)
A Dead Horse, You Can't Beat It: Equine Carcass Disposal Laws and Practices

handle is hein.journals/kjequinan4 and id is 57 raw text is: A DEAD HORSE, YOU CAN'T BEAT IT:
It is a fact of life that every living thing will eventually die, and
when the time comes, these bodies must be disposed of responsibly. Of
specific interest to Kentucky is the problem of equine carcass disposal,
because Kentucky is known as the Horse Capital of the World.' The
equine industry has a significant effect on Kentucky's economy, with an
estimated impact of four billion dollars annually.2 The horse industry is
attributed with directly and indirectly creating between 80,000 and 100,000
jobs across the state.3 With an estimated 320,000 horses living in the state,
Kentucky must find ways to deal with the significant number of equine
mortalities   every    year.4   A   succinct    multi-jurisdictional    survey    is
incorporated into this Article, but the Article primarily focuses on the
disposal of equines in Kentucky. While Kentucky has a much revered and
thriving horse industry, the Authors find that many horse owners are
unaware of carcass disposal options, despite thorough statutes and
regulations in this area.
* Dr. Robert F. Dahlstrom - Chair and Joseph C. Seibert Professor, Miami University Farmer
School of Business, Oxford, Ohio. Ph.D. in Marketing 1990, University of Cincinnati College of
Business Administration; B.S.B.A. in Marketing 1980, Xavier University College of Business
** Kerry 0. Irwin - Associate, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Lexington, Kentucky. J.D. 2009,
University of Kentucky College of Law; B.A. with distinction in History, 2002, University of Virginia.
*** Dr. Emily J. Plant - Assistant Professor, School of Business Administration, The
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. Ph.D. in Marketing 2010, University of Kentucky Gatton
College of Business and Economics; M.B.A., 2006, Xavier University; B.S. in Marketing 2003, Indiana
University Kelley School of Business.
Eds.: Authors are listed in alphabetical order, and each contributed equally in the creation
of this article.
I   Horse   Attractions,  LEXINGTON   CONVENTION    &    VISITORS  BUREAU,
http://www.visitlex.com/whattodo/attractions.php?SubCat=324 (last visited Nov. 1, 2011).
2 Industry Facts: Kentucky Equine Economy, supra note 1.
'See, e.g., KY. REV. STAT. ANN. § 257.160 (West 2011) (outlining lawful disposal methods
in Kentucky); 302 KY. ADMIN. REGS. 20:052 (2011) (regulating composting of livestock carcasses);
see also infra Section V.A.1. (discussing nuisance law and state police power with regard to state
regulation of equine carcass disposal).

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