For the second time in as many months, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has requested a moratorium on horse racing at Santa Anita Park. The latest call comes after the 9-year-old gelding, Kochees, was euthanized Sunday, marking the third equine fatality in nine days and the 26th since Christmas.
“How many more horses must die before concrete steps are taken to address what is clearly an acute problem? Feinstein asked.
“I once again call for an immediate moratorium on racing at Santa Anita. We need a thorough investigation of practices and conditions at the track before any more races are held.
“I believe we need to carefully review what medications horses are given and under what circumstances, as well as take a close look at the issue of overrunning horses, which may be contributing to deaths.
“Tracks in the United States have significantly higher rates of death than tracks overseas. We need to determine what we're doing wrong in this country and fix it. If we can't, we need to consider whether horseracing has a future here.”
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