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August 31, 2010

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A stallion is left to choose a mare in the boxes of the Swiss National Stud in Avenches, Switzerland, on Tuesday. The Avenches Swiss National Stud Farm's goal is to improve horse breeding and raising conditions as well as of the horse's use in the rural environment, especially of the Franches-Montagnes breed, the only Swiss horse and the formation of the breeders. The decision of the Swiss Government to cut funding for the breeding center was harshly criticized in cantons in western Switzerland. Supporters of the National Stud have submitted a petition to parliament signed by 62,000 people.

PHOTO: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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