Breaking! CA Senator Dianne Feinstein Among Those Calling For Racing To Be Suspended At Santa Anita Park; Sign Horseracing Wrongs Petition Today!

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Following the tragic death of Mongolian Groom, the 37th horse to be killed at Santa Anita Park in less than a year, Senator Dianne Feinstein renewed her call to suspend horse racing at the fatally-flawed racetrack in Southern California.

“It breaks my heart to hear that another horse died because of injuries sustained during the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Racetrack,” Senator Feinstein said in a statement. “This year, 37 horses have died at Santa Anita, seven of those since racing resumed in September. That is simply unacceptable.”

Yesterday’s statement follows on the heels of a letter Senator Feinstein sent last week to the California Horse Racing Board urging them to use “every tool available to prevent horse injuries and deaths at the Breeders’ Cup races.”

The Senator called the Breeders Cup a “critical test” for the future of horse racing in California and in the United States.

A critical test that horse racing and Santa Anita failed miserably! 

“Despite increased scrutiny and additional measures that have been put in place, the horse racing industry was unable to make it through a single weekend without a critical injury and a euthanized horse,” continued Feinstein, who stated yesterday that she will work with Governor Newsom to look at all options to protect racehorses and increase transparency at race tracks. “In the past, I have called for horse racing to be suspended at Santa Anita until it could ensure the safety of horses. With continued racetrack deaths, it is clear that not enough has changed, so I renew that call.”

Noting that this problem is not unique to Santa Anita, Feinstein shared that more than 3,000 horses have died at California racetracks in the past two decades, and thousands more at racetracks throughout the country.

Photo from Horseracingwrongs.com

“If the horse racing industry is unwilling to treat these magnificent creatures humanely,” concluded Feinstein, “It has no business operating in the United States.”

Governor Gavin Newsom also called on the California Racing Board to take additional action, he stating yesterday that “clearly more must be done if horse racing is to remain viable in California.”

As per Horseracing Wrongs, the nonprofit that organized several peaceful protests and a memorial outside of Santa Anita Park this past weekend, California can pave the way for other states by being the first to pass legislation making horse racing illegal.”

Please sign the organization’s petition urging lawmakers to ban horse racing and gambling on horses in California, HERE!

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