People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC’s board of directors was “100 percent against the federal government or USADA being involved” with oversight of Thoroughbred racing medication rules. Morris was referring to the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would make the United […]

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HBPA Told To Fight Back Against ‘Elitists’ In ‘Environment Of Poison’

Eric Hamelback likes to focus on the positive in horse racing. Running his first winter convention as chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the former general manager of Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs in Kentucky put together several panels on Thursday’s opening day designed to give HBPA members reassurance that the […]

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Asmussen Sued By U.S. Department Of Labor

For the second time in three years, trainer Steve Asmussen has been sued by the United States Department of Labor for allegedly failing to adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, namely not paying overtime to hot walkers and grooms who compiled more than 40 hours of work per week at his Churchill Downs […]

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Asmussen to Phipps: Call Me

The following comments come from Clark Brewster, a horse owner and attorney for Steve Asmussen, who is under investigation in three states after complaints were filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which conducted an undercover investigation of the Eclipse Award-winning trainer’s operation in Kentucky and New York in 2013. Hours earlier, Ogden […]

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Industry Reactions to ‘Disturbing’ PETA Video: Three States Launch Investigations

Following are responses from industry organizations contacted by the Paulick Report for comment in the wake of allegations of animal cruelty and other charges by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals against Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen and his chief assistant, Scott Blasi. The allegations, originally detailed in the New York Times, followed a […]

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NY Times: PETA Files Complaint After Undercover Investigation of Asmussen Stable

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed state and federal complaints against two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen and his chief assistant, Scott Blasi, alleging animal cruelty, use by a leading jockey of an illegal electrical stimulating device, labor law and immigration violations. The allegations, reported by Joe Drape in the New York […]

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The PETA Distortion: How Luck’s Cancellation Was Far from Ethical

Nothing is going to bring back the HBO series LUCK after the decision by producers last week to stop production on the second season and effectively cancel the series after season one. And nothing is going to bring back the three ex-racehorses who had found second careers as equine actors on LUCK but that suffered […]

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Say what? PETA supports horse slaughter in U.S.

In the knock-me-over-with-a-feather department, the co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told the Christian Science Monitor the radical animal rights organization favors the return of horse slaughter to the U.S., saying the five-year ban has created more inhumane treatment and suffering of horses than slaughter itself had done. A funding bill […]

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