Texas Horse Breeders Sue to Get Clones Registered 7/15/13
The Associated Press
Lubbock- Two Texas quarter horse breeders go to federal court in Amarillo this week, seeking to have their cloned animals registered by the American Quarter Horse Association.
Panhandle rancher Jason Abraham and Amarillo veterinarian Gregg Veneklasen sued the 280,000-member organization last year, seeking to overturn the association rule that's prohibited cloned horses from the registry since 2004.
Association spokesman Tom Persechino said Sunday the membership has said it doesn't want the group to register clones.
He said Abraham and Veneklasen are AQHA members.
Opening statements are set for Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson. The trial is expected to last two weeks.
Persechino said the antitrust lawsuit will be closely watched by breeders and registries worldwide because no breed's registry currently allows clones.