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French state responsible in case of dead horse 

Algae on beach

Always know the area you are riding in. ~ HfH

From: The Republic
By: Elaine Ganley

Algae on beach

FILE – This Aug. 20, 2009 file photo shows the ulva algae-covered beach of Saint Michel en Greve, Brittany, France.

PARIS — A French court has found the state responsible for the 2009 death of a horse on a Brittany beach killed by toxic algae.

The decision by an appeals court in Nantes represents a victory for environmentalists and for the horse’s owner, Vincent Petit, who nearly died himself when he and his mount were suddenly mired in muck that gave off toxic hydrogen sulfide gases emitted by rotting algae.

The court ruled Monday that France failed to sufficiently enforce national and European rules to protect water against pollution from agriculture.

Fertilizers, including natural fertilizers such as pig excrement, have caused a proliferation of algae along the northern French coast that turns into toxic black sludge when it decays. Pig farms and other agricultural activities are the backbone of the economy in the Cotes d’Armor region, where the accident occurred.

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