New York Passes Groundbreaking Anti-Slaughter Bill

Law supports aftercare programs, bans sale of racing, breeding stock for slaughter.

Bob Ehalf, reporting for, writes:

“Groundbreaking anti-horse slaughter and aftercare legislation was passed June 10 by the New York State Assembly and is expected to be signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.”

“The bill, which had already been passed by the New York State Senate, prohibits the sale or transfer of Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing or breeding stock for slaughter. Violations are misdemeanors punishable by $1,000 fine per horse or $2,500 per business entity and will be doubled for second violations. Violations are also subject to Gaming Commission license implications.

“The bill also calls for racehorses to be microchipped and registered with The Jockey Club and has a provision that will allow residents and corporations to receive credit for donations to Thoroughbred aftercare programs through their tax return.

“NYRA already has a rule in place stipulating that any owner or trainer stabled at a NYRA facility found to have sold a horse for slaughter will have his or her stalls permanently revoked from all NYRA tracks. NYRA requires its horsemen to do due diligence in the release of horses from their care.” Read more »

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4 thoughts on “New York Passes Groundbreaking Anti-Slaughter Bill”

  1. It’s a start.
    Now ban horse racing COMPLETELY..
    and make the fine a hell of a lot more than 1K per horse.
    ..that’s “chump change” for owners (IMO)

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