Australian court upholds international ban on thoroughbred artificial insemination

In a landmark decision, the Federal Court of Australia today dismissed a challenge to the international rule prohibiting the use of artificial insemination in the production of thoroughbred horses.

As the rule applies internationally, the Australian decision is an important test case globally.

Proceedings were commenced by an Australian breeder to challenge the rule as an unreasonable restraint of trade and unlawful under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The case was heard in September/October 2011.

Johnson Winter & Slattery Partner, Aldo Nicotra, represented the Australian Turf Club and the Victoria Racing Club on the matter.

A copy of the judgement is available here.

Statement from Australian Stud Book is available here.

- Thoroughbred Breeders' Australia


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