Cross-posted from The Saratogian
by ANDREW CHAMPAGNE
ALBANY — Fewer stories in horse racing have had higher highs and lower lows than that of Ferdinand.
The 1986 Kentucky Derby winner banked more than $3.7 million in a stellar career and went to the breeding shed in 1988. However, the champion thoroughbred was slaughtered in Japan in 2002, setting off outrage in the horse racing community.
That story was repeated Wednesday by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, one of several state politicians who spoke out in support of a bill that would criminalize the transport of horses for slaughter in the Empire State.
“It is a shame and a tragedy,” Tedisco said, “and we as a state should be ashamed for allowing that to happen.”
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Deborah Glick and Sen. Kathy Marchione, among others, and the press conference was held in the well of the Legislative Office Building. The proposed legislation has support from both sides of the aisle, but may not be voted on in this current legislative session. Read full report >>
In the comments to this article, Lisa Griffith writes:
The grisly death, two weeks ago, of 30 horses burned in a kill buyer’s truck is another reminder of the consequences of allowing these trucks to run, unimpeded and often with multiple safety violations, on New York roads and highways. If they want to take their horses to slaughter, let them find another route, not on NY roads. Thank you Assemblyman Tedisco for supporting this bill and all the others who appeared in support.
Well said Lisa.