Horse Slaughter

NTRA Announces Support For Legislation To Ban Horse Slaughter In U.S.

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) released the following statement Wednesday regarding proposed federal legislation to outlaw horse slaughter in the United States. The statement comes nearly two weeks after NTRA President/CEO Alex Waldrop told the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey in part, “While we strongly oppose the slaughter of Thoroughbreds for human consumption, NTRA […]

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Commentary: What’s One Thing Racing Could Do To Improve Its Image? Support The SAFE Act

As racing faces a continued barrage of negative press coverage in mainstream media for its safety and welfare practices, the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey writes that there’s one, seemingly-straightforward thing industry groups could do to show how seriously they take equine welfare. The SAFE Act (H.R. 961) is the latest incarnation of legislation seeking […]

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The Meadowlands, Tioga, Vernon Downs Announce Zero Tolerance Policy On Slaughter, Kill Pens

Recognizing the snowballing negative public perception surrounding Thoroughbred racing and, ultimately the imminent threat to our own sport, The Meadowlands has taken the following position regarding horse slaughter and ‘kill pens’; any person connected with Standardbred racing found to be involved in either practice will be barred for life from participation in any form at […]

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Waldrop, HBPA: HBO’s Real Sports ‘Slanted, Distorted, Inaccurate’

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s President and CEO Alex Waldrop released the following statement in response to a segment on this week’s HBO Real Sports, which focused on racing fatalities and the horse slaughter pipeline. Read more about the segment here. “Once again, HBO’s Real Sports presented a slanted, distorted, and inaccurate view of horse […]

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Illinois HBPA Officer Suspended 120 Days After Horse Found In Kill Pen

Stewards at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill., have suspended owner Dixie Harr for 120 days and fined her $2,500 after one of her horses was found in an Oklahoma kill pen. At the time of the ruling in mid-April, Harr was both secretary/treasurer and a board member for the Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, […]

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‘Very Survival Of The Sport At Risk’: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Racing Fatalities

“With so many racehorses dying every year in America, how long will horse racing itself survive?” That’s the fundamental question asked by correspondent Bernard Goldberg on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which aired a 20-minute segment on equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. The feature, […]

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Parker Hit With Two More Felony Animal Cruelty Charges In Louisiana, Bringing Total To Over A Dozen

Police in Union Parish, La., have charged horseman Hal Parker, 60, of Haile, with two more felony counts of animal cruelty related to two horses he housed from the kill pen rescue ICareIHelp. In February, Parker was arrested and charged with one felony count of theft of livestock, two felony counts of aggravated cruelty to […]

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Louisiana Man Charged With 18 Counts Of Cruelty To Animals After Horses Seized By Sheriff

Following the announcement last week that 18 horses had been seized from a Ptikin, La., property, the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook Wednesday that they have charged a man with 18 counts of cruelty to animals. Gary Thompson, 64, of Pitkin, was arrested March 20. According to the social media post, Thompson’s bond […]

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Law Enforcement Seizes 18 Horses From Louisiana Feed Lot, Investigation Ongoing

Authorities with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana Department of Agriculture have seized 18 horses after executing a search warrant at an address in Pitkin, La. A statement from the sheriff’s office on Facebook explained the offices had received “numerous” complaints of animal neglect against the Thompson Horse Lot, long known for its Facebook-based […]

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Louisiana Owner Ruled Ineligible For License After Alleged Anti-Slaughter Policy Violations

Stewards in Louisiana have issued a ruling against unlicensed owner Andre J. Colson, making him temporarily ineligible for licensure in the state after they received a complaint Colson was involved with transporting horses from Louisiana tracks into the slaughter pipeline. Colson, 56, of New Orleans, was not present at a hearing held in early February, […]

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