According to latimes.com and a statement released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Los Angeles County District Attorney has assigned investigators to look into the 22 equine deaths at Santa Anita Park. The DA investigators will be working in concert with the California Horse Racing Board's ongoing investigation.
A statement from PETA said veterinarians and trainers should be investigated.The animal rights group, which sent its original complaint to the DA's office on March 1, alleges that medications given to the horses may have masked pre-existing conditions and led to catastrophic injuries and subsequent euthanasia.
Congresswoman Judy Chu, whose 27th District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of Southern California) called for additional investigative measures:
“I am outraged by the deaths at Santa Anita racetrack,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “Animals deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion, and the use of race-day medication like Lasix must stop. The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to the practice of injecting horses with this drug on race-day and we need answers on the impact of this practice at Santa Anita and throughout the country. I am calling on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate and hold a hearing on the treatment of horses at Santa Anita and throughout our country, and to examine legislation like the Horseracing Integrity Act that would improve safety for racehorses. Until we know the horses are safe, the Santa Anita Racetrack should be closed.”
On Thursday, The Stronach Group (parent organization of Santa Anita) announced a ban of race-day medications, including Lasix, tighter restrictions on other therapeutic drugs, along with several other major policy changes including the use of the whip.
Read more at latimes.com.
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