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Legislators Deny $450 Million New York Horse Racing Trade Invoice





After listening to from PETA, our supporters, and members of the Coalition to Finish Horse Racing Subsidies, New York state legislators declined to maneuver a New York Racing Affiliation (NYRA) money-grab invoice ahead. If handed, $450 million in state-backed bonds would have gone towards constructing a elaborate clubhouse at Belmont Park, and that is the primary time New York legislators have mentioned “no” to the grasping New York horse racing trade. Learn on to search out out why it is a main win for horses.

The Racing Trade Is Horrible for Horses

Being compelled to take part at New York racetracks is commonly the equal of a dying sentence for horses. Since 2009, greater than 1,600 horses have died at racetracks within the state, and at the least 105 of these deaths occurred in 2021.

Horses who survive the races endure behind the scenes, typically compelled to coach and race with painful preexisting accidents that ought to warrant pulling them from competitors. Within the weeks main as much as a race, horses are sometimes administered a cocktail of anti-inflammatories, ache relievers, sedatives, hormones, stimulants, diuretics, and muscle relaxants, both to masks their ache or to boost their efficiency. This may result in damaged bones and dying. Racehorses are the victims of a money-driven trade that often makes use of medicine to push them to peak efficiency and conceal their accidents. They’re typically despatched to slaughter when their racing or breeding “careers” finish.

Take Motion to Cease the Grasping New York Horse Racing Trade in Its Tracks

Though horse racing throughout the nation has seen a monetary decline over time, the trade has been propped up in New York by greater than $2.9 billion in state taxpayer funds and authorities advantages since 2008. (That’s greater than twice the cash the state budgeted for its division of agriculture in the identical time interval and 13 instances what it spent on veterans’ providers.)

A 2021 Marist Ballot survey revealed that 91% of New Yorkers don’t have any plans to go to a state racetrack and guess on horse racing, 5% plan to go as soon as, and 1% plan to go twice. Residents of the state, not the 11 privately owned Thoroughbred and harness tracks, ought to be the recipients of subsidies. The $230 million in annual subsidies ought to be redirected to training. To guard horses and people of their jurisdiction, New York legislators have to cease padding the NYRA’s pockets.

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