- Posted July 21, 2014 by
Petition to Get Abusive Drugs Out of Horse Racing Gains Steam
The movement’s organizers created a nationwide online petition to generate broad-based support. The petition gained over 6,500 signatures in its first week.
The pending bill, The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013 (H.R. 2012), was introduced in May 2013. Like predecessor bills focused on this issue, it appears to be languishing in Congress. Campaign organizers believe that this grassroots effort is the only hope in countering well-financed horse racing interests that aggressively fight substantive reform to the drug culture of horse racing
A 2012 New York Times investigation exposed the pervasiveness of the drug culture in horse racing, putting both horses and riders at risk. The Times found that 24 horses per week died at American tracks, a rate far greater than in countries where drug use was severely restricted. All other major international racing jurisdictions have a zero-tolerance policy for race day medications, including the United Kingdom, Europe, Dubai, Japan, South Africa and Hong Kong.
To get H.R. 2012 out of committee and to the floor of Congress, EHR is reaching out for support to all citizens, arguing that these inhumane practices are a blemish on the conscience of the entire country.
Ethical Horse Racing (EHR) is dedicated to horse racing practices that are humane for the equine athlete; provide a level playing field to horse owners, trainers, and jockeys; and present honest entertainment and wagering opportunities to the public.
More information can be found at, www.ethicalhorseracing.org.