Governor signs horse racing safety bills in California

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

VIA THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS | Sept. 29, 2020 Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa Tuesday to improve horse racing safety across California and build on reforms adopted last year. Additionally, the governor signed a second horse racing bill, co-authored by Sen. Dodd and Assembly member Adam Gray, D-Merced, incorporating recommendations… Continue reading Governor signs horse racing safety bills in California

How a bill becomes law

Interior of the Capitol Hill dome, Washington D.C.

Who remembers Government class or Civics? Or do they even teach them any more? It seems a large percentage of American citizens do not know how a bill becomes law. When we started, some of us at the Fund for Horses did, but most of us had very little clue. We were in good shape… Continue reading How a bill becomes law

USTA endorses SAFE Act

Harness Racing reports: KEN WEINGARTNER — The United States Trotting Association announced Friday (April 10) that it has endorsed the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2019 (H. R. 961), which states that “the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human… Continue reading USTA endorses SAFE Act

The Sting that is so stinging to U.S. horse racing

The great Australian race mare who won the Cox Plate a record four times.

Testing racehorses for "doping" or performance-enhancing drugs may be better described as a band aid, but not the cure.

Happy St Valentine’s Day

I only have eyes for you. Two horses nudging. Unattributed image.

Love is in the air, in all kind of ways. A terrific supporter of the Fund for Horses invites you to make a $7 donation to us today, St. Valentine’s Day, and he will double it to $14 all day long, in honour of the horses he so greatly loves. Now that’s a sweetheart of a… Continue reading Happy St Valentine’s Day

PETA-backed racehorse welfare and safety bill introduced in California

Racehorse train on a California track. By DAVID JOLES / STAR TRIBUNE.

On Tuesday of this week, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) announced the introduction of AB 2177, the Equine Welfare and Safety in Horse Racing Act. If successful, AB 2177 would enact comprehensive reforms and improvements to racing and eliminate serious contributing factors to equine deaths on racetracks. AB 2177 is co-sponsored by Social Compassion in… Continue reading PETA-backed racehorse welfare and safety bill introduced in California

The Horseracing Integrity Act and the future of horse racing

Historic twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Abbie Myers.

The Bloodhorse magazine reports: The Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754), introduced in March by Congressman Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican, and Congressman Paul Tonko, a New York Democrat, has gained additional support from the House of Representatives, with 226 members now co-sponsoring the legislation.The bill received co-sponsorship from a majority of the House in mid-December.… Continue reading The Horseracing Integrity Act and the future of horse racing

Quote of the Day

Horse meat tartare in Jeju Island, Korea, restaurant.

[Horse flesh] is about as healthful as food contaminated with DDT. —Nicholas Dodman, professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine If you are looking for more talking points why U.S. legislators should enact H.R.961 and S.2006 (the "SAFE Act"), outlawing horse slaughter on U.S. soil and outside the U.S., this is an excellent one.… Continue reading Quote of the Day

Urgent! Contact Congress on these horse bills

Capitol Dome Washington D.C.

Horse Slaughter & Horse Soring Urgent! There are two federal bills pending in Washington D.C. requiring immediate attention. They are: (1) The anti horse slaughter bills — H.R.961 and S.2006 (SAFE Act); and (2) the Senate version of the anti horse soring bill — S.1007 (PAST Act). Note: the House has already passed this bill… Continue reading Urgent! Contact Congress on these horse bills

Horse Race Insider’s Note to Racing: No More Mixed Messages

We note a few quotes and write in response to a Horse Race Insider's article, "Note to Racing: No More Mixed Messages." Quote: "Aside from seeing an occasional news broadcast, the public has little to no interest in the game." We Say: Because horse racing has little to no interest in the public. This is… Continue reading Horse Race Insider’s Note to Racing: No More Mixed Messages