Each time evidence of cruelty against horses is brought up at professional equine events, the people who run these shows make claims that their industry would be destroyed if they are not allowed to torture animals. Most horse advocates do not want racing and horse shows to disappear. They want the animals to not be tortured or fed mixtures of drugs that will do harm to them. There is a Senate bill that addresses these very issues: S. 973: The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act.
From HSUS on the matter: Currently, each state’s racing commission sets its own rules, allowing trainers to escape oversight by simply moving to another state. With no national governing body for the sport, there is no consistency across the country. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, H.R. 2012/S. 973, introduced by Rep. Joseph Pitts, R-Pa., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., would designate the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as the independent anti-doping organization for interstate horseraces. The agency would create universal rules on the use of drugs, prohibiting race day medication of horses with performance-enhancing drugs. Any racetrack that wanted to offer “simulcast” wagering would be required to participate. Find your representative and tell them to vote for H.R. 2012 / S. 953.
From: The Inquisitor
Thoroughbred trainer Steve Asmussen should have a lot to look forward to when it comes to the 2014 Kentucky Derby. He trains Kentucky Derby contender Tapiture and Kentucky Oaks favorite Untapable.
Yet the Kentucky Derby trainer and his former longtime assistant, Scott Blasi have been accused by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) of a catalogue of crimes against the horses they train for the Kentucky Derby 2014 and other races.
PETA released a damning nine-minute undercover video and 285-page report ahead of the Kentucky Derby which wreaked havoc on an already troubled American horse-racing industry.
The video entitled ‘Horse Racing’s Daily Double: Drugs and Death,’ focuses on racing injured horse, the use of electric devices to shock them into running faster, the dubious amount and differing types of medication they are wrongly given to enhance performance, and the scant regard which PETA alleges the Kentucky Derby 2014 trainers have for their horses.
In the video shot over five months on a hidden camera at Asmussen’s stables, the Kentucky Derby trainer’s assistant Blasi can be seen making insensitive comments about injured horses and talks about running Kentucky Derby 2011 contender Nehro, despite the horse in question suffering chronic foot ailments.
After the New York Times reported the allegations on March 19, Kentucky Derby 2014 trainer Asmussen had 10 to 14 horses removed from him by Nehro’s owner Ahmed Zayat. In turn Asmussen sacked Blasi and was taken taken off the Hall of Fame ballot.
As a final insult the Kentucky Derby 2014 trainer was requested to stay away from Churchill during Derby week “for the good of the game” by none other than Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps.