1,400 dead horses, a fading sport, and huge subsidies — Pennsylvania horse racing faces a reckoning

Barbaro after he suffered the fatal breaks that eventually claimed his life. Source: Bryant Photos.

Introduction Sam Wood, reporting for the Philadelphia Enquirer, has written a much needed and eye-opening report entitled "1,400 dead horses, a fading sport, and huge subsidies — Pennsylvania horse racing faces a reckoning." We are aware of the carnage on America's racetracks. We are aware also that horse racing is a fading sport and has… Continue reading 1,400 dead horses, a fading sport, and huge subsidies — Pennsylvania horse racing faces a reckoning

New Regulations Proposed for PA Horse Auctions

Dome of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building Dome in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

State bill aims to protect horses at auction Suzanne Bush of East Coast Equestrian reports: Representative Liz Hanbidge (D-Montgomery County) has introduced legislation aimed at providing a layer of protection for horses being sold at auction. HB 2193 amends legislation from 1983 which established licensing and regulation requirements for auctioneers who sell horses. Hanbidge’s bill… Continue reading New Regulations Proposed for PA Horse Auctions

Even if by a nose, horse racing must become self-sufficient

The finish line. Pennsylvania Horse Racing. BILL DENVER/EQUI-PHOTO.

Introduction You may at first wonder why we would bother to post a Guest Opinion by Russell Redding. First of all, Russell Redding is Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture which oversees the horse racing industry and is also chairman of the Horse Racing Commission. Secondly, his guest opinion lays out the staggering amount… Continue reading Even if by a nose, horse racing must become self-sufficient

Runaway carriage horse killed by train

PHILADELPHIA, PA — (March 10, 2017) Eastbound Amtrak train No. 624 heading to Philadelphia struck a horse and buggy shortly after 9 p.m. Friday destroying the buggy and killing the horse, reports Channel 10 NBC Philadelphia. The chief of the Paradise-Leaman Place fire company told WGAL-TV that the empty buggy got stuck on the tracks… Continue reading Runaway carriage horse killed by train

Livestock auction in New Holland where meat men prey on horses is banning photos and videos

A band of heavily pregnant Thoroughbred mares, including a badly crippled horse whose future is uncertain, was rescued from the New Holland Auction Feb. 29, 2016. Via Off Track Thoroughbreds.

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — News of the Horse reports that the livestock auction in New Holland, Pennsylvania, is banning photos and videos. New Holland auction is notorious among horse lovers chiefly because it is one of the largest sales rings where horses are dumped in some of the most deplorable circumstances imaginable and preyed on by meat… Continue reading Livestock auction in New Holland where meat men prey on horses is banning photos and videos

Bethlehem’s police horses to get new home

Bethlehem Pa. Police Horses. Image: The Morning Call.

Nicole Radzievich reporting for The Morning Call writes: Bethlehem's [Pennsylvania] four police horses will be moving into some new digs come fall. Friends of the Mounted Police, a nonprofit that raises money for the unit, has signed a lease for 10 acres of land next to the Holy Saviour Cemetery on Linden Street. Allentown Diocese,… Continue reading Bethlehem’s police horses to get new home

Horse abandoned at New Holland Sales had been hit with more than 100 paintballs

Lily, the "Paint Ball Horse", abandoned at New Holland auction, was rescued by Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey. She was treated at New Bolton where she had to have an eye removed, and retired to a sanctuary. Sadly, Lily died, peacefully, shortly thereafter. The owner who dumped Lily at New Holland later said the mare was not hit with paint balls but was "used as a canvass".

via YAHOO NEWS NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (AP) — Animal cruelty officials in Pennsylvania are investigating after a horse riddled with over 100 paintball remnants was found abandoned at a stable. Officials from the Lancaster County SPCA tell LNP (http://bit.ly/1XrDV9o) they were called to New Holland Sales Stables on Monday after the mare was found in… Continue reading Horse abandoned at New Holland Sales had been hit with more than 100 paintballs

Litany of Death: Racehorses killed at Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015

Racehorse tied in stall.

Patrick Battuello tracks the deaths of racehorses at racetracks across America at http://horseracingwrongs.com/. I get notifications in my inbox and am continually shocked at the atrocities that happen on a regular, dare I say, daily basis. As you sit here reading this, no doubt racehorses are being cruelly handled, punched, bullied and abused with a… Continue reading Litany of Death: Racehorses killed at Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015

Pennsylvania racehorse trainer given jail time for race rigging

Now we're talking. This is the way to deal with trainers who run drugged racehorses. And we hope to see more arrests and convictions in racing jurisdictions across the U.S. Horse racing itself is certainly not going to police itself properly. A judge sentenced Central Pennsylvania racehorse trainer David Wells for race rigging by giving… Continue reading Pennsylvania racehorse trainer given jail time for race rigging

Horse dealer guilty of animal cruelty after New Holland sale attempt that left two horses dead

LANCASTEROnline Reported by Tom Knapp Pennsylvania — A Mifflin County man was found guilty of nine counts of animal cruelty leading to the death of two horses and leaving a third in sickly condition. Charles Fisher of 900 Lockport Road, Lewistown, was charged in connection with an incident July 27 outside a New Holland auction… Continue reading Horse dealer guilty of animal cruelty after New Holland sale attempt that left two horses dead