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Report on Horse Racing and Its Widespread Abuse of Animals

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 5:00pm
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Although it’s Triple Crown season, the horse racing industry has little to celebrate. A grim cloud of animal cruelty and cheating continues to hang over the sport.

The New York Times recently published the latest article in its series about the widespread, dangerous practice of racehorses being drugged—the drugs enable horses to run through pain and gain a competitive edge. The Times piece revealed that Steve Asmussen (the second-most-winning trainer in thoroughbred racing, with career earnings over $214 million) and some of his associates stand accused of animal abuse after an undercover video proved that many of the horses in Asmussen’s care were subjected to cruel and illegal training methods, including doping and electric shocks.

The video provides irrefutable evidence of what we’ve known for decades: In the race to compete, horse welfare finishes dead last. In 2012, a New York Times exposé revealed that 24 thoroughbreds die at American racetracks every week. The Jockey Club found that thoroughbred racehorses in the U.S. are dying at twice the rate of racers competing in other countries—not surprising given that the U.S., unlike most other countries, has no uniform medication rules for horse racing.

It is time to clean up the U.S. horse racing industry by passing the federal Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act (HISA), H.R. 2012/S. 973. Introduced by Representatives Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in the House, and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) in the Senate, this bill will ban performance-enhancing drugs in U.S. horse racing and designate the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as the governing body to create and oversee the implementation of uniform medication rules to protect horse welfare. The Jockey Club recently acknowledged the importance of this bill and agreed that the USADA “has the experience, the knowledge and the credibility to bring much-needed integrity to our sport.”

You can help move this life-saving legislation over the finish line. Please contact your members of Congress today and urge them to support the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act, H.R. 2012/S. 973.

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shosh

I will never support horse or dog racing and will share this info. to help shine a light on this cruelty!

Emma

The abuse of these beautiful horses by greedy owners and trainers is disgusting.

ANIMAL LOVER

That SOB***** Steve Asmussen*****, should be locked up in a 4X4 In A Jail Cell And Be Treated Just Like He Has Mistreated These Beautiful Horses For Years. WITH HIS CRUEL ILLEGAL TRAINING METHODS. I KNOW A LOT OF OTHER ANIMAL LOVERS THAT WOULD Personally Like To See Him ( IF THEY COULD) Everyday Getting Whipped, Doped Up, Be Wet and RECEIVE ELECTRICAL SHOCKS LIKE HE HAS DONE TO THESE HORSES FOR YEARS ( I KNOW I WOULD AND WOULD NOT CARE).SO "WE ALL" Can Laugh And Say To His Face And Say" DO WANT MORE YOU BASTERD" We Animal Lovers Should All ROUND A GROUP OF 10,000 OR MORE WATCHING AND FOR HIM TO SEE US ALL BY SATELLITE WATCHING HIM GO THROUGH WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR YEARS TO THESE HORSES. I THINK WE ALL WOULD WANT HIM TO REMEMBER WHAT HE HAS DONE TO THESE BEAUTIFUL HORSES THROUGH THE YEARS. The Government Should Confiscate HIS $ 214 MILLION!!!!!!! All The Money He Has Made With ABUSING These Animals And (DONATE) EVERY PENNY TO ALL THE ASPCA'S, ALL ANIMAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES & THE INTERNATIONAL HUMANE SOCIETY. How Dare Him! USE THESE ANIMALS FOR HIS ABUSE.**** This Is Unacceptable****. WE NEED TO FIGHT FOR BETTER LAWS AND WE ALL NEED TO FIGHT FOR HORSES And All Animals Better Yet. I AM SICK & TIRED OF ALL THESE ABUSES ON ANIMALS. WE SHOULD ALL TRY TO HAVE A LAW & INFORCE IT- THE EYE FOR AN EYE AND MAYBE IT WILL WORK? BUT FOR NOW Let's All Try To Get More Laws Through.
GO TO HELL STEVE ASMUSSEM!!!!!!!!!

DENISE HAYES

WE ARE NOT A THIRD WORD COUNTRY, SO WHY ARE WE DOING THESE IGNORANT AND BRUTAL THINGS TO HORSES AND DOGS. THIS IS UNAMERICAN AND NEEDS TO STOP.

DENISE HAYES

WE ARE NOT A THIRD WORD COUNTRY, SO WHY ARE WE DOING THESE IGNORANT AND BRUTAL THINGS TO HORSES AND DOGS. THIS IS UNAMERICAN AND NEEDS TO STOP.

Diane Pease

It is sad that after all this time and after everyone has been made aware of the torture and abuse these poor animals endure, that there are still idiots that consider this entertainment. It should be outlawed just like dog fighting. Any form of "entertainment" in which an animal is abused or harmed in any way should be banned. These animals are never treated with kindness. They are considered money makers and when they can't preform anymore, well, you know what happens to them. Very sad.

maria

So sad we have come so far,and yet there is not a law good enough for the crimes that so crule to animals,they are mans best friend they trust us to take care of them,to think the same hand that feeds them,is the same hand kills them,beats,starves them,we are still so barbarian ,pls pass a law that is if you harm any thing living animal ,u will be tried as if they were a human,after all they ,cry,bleed,hurt,feel,they have a heart
Maria

Tricia Hamilton

Bad,Bad People!!

Tricia Hamilton

This asbsolutely Horrible. What goes around comes around!!

Tricia Hamilton

This asbsolutely Horrible. What goes around comes around!!

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