U.S. Horse Racing Leaders and Tracking Organizations Endorse Federal Amendment to End Horse Slaughter
Horse Racing Industry Leaders Support Carter, Fitzpatrick and Katko Amendment
LEXINGTON, KY, – Leading U.S. horse racing professionals have joined in solidarity to support a U.S. House amendment that would ban the transport of U.S. horses for slaughter across state borders and to the – beyond the borders for the butcher’s shop abroad. Led by U.S. Representatives Troy Carter (D-LA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and John Katko (R-NY), the amendment will be proposed to Invest in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America. (INVESTING) Law HR3684, which should be applied in the House in the coming weeks.
There are currently no horse slaughter facilities in the United States. However, each year more than 30,000 American horses are exported alive across borders to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, thousands of them former racehorses and breeders. In addition to the anti-slaughter policies at the majority of US racetracks, there are numerous tracking programs and sanctuaries across the country to help protect racehorses from slaughterhouses. Despite these policies and programs, racehorses slip through the cracks and end up in auction houses that make them vulnerable to acquisition by kill-buyers, the middlemen who send horses to a grisly death. in slaughterhouses. The only way to ensure that every American equine is protected is to pass federal legislation that would make it illegal to transport or sell any horse for slaughter (US Harness Racing Alumni Association).
Last month the America’s Forgotten Equine Conservation Act (SAFE), HR3355, was introduced to the United States House. If passed, it would ban the opening of horse slaughter facilities on American soil and the export of horses across borders. Similar legislation has been introduced in Congress over the past two decades, but has consistently been thwarted by industries and lawmakers who want the practice of slaughtering American horses to continue. While efforts to advance the SAFE Act rightly continue, the bipartisan Carter, Fitzpatrick, Katko Amendment is being proposed as an alternative route. The amendment garnered the support of nearly 150 U.S. lawmakers on the day it was announced, and that number is expected to grow exponentially.
“After years of lobbying for a ban on the slaughter of our American horses, I am delighted with this latest development and applaud our leaders in Washington for their commitment to this file. Stopping the transport of horses destined for slaughter will be a game-changer. Said Staci Hancock, whose Stone Farm bred three Kentucky Derby winners. “It is time to end this brutal practice in the United States once and for all. Horses are bred for sport, competition and companionship, not to be part of the food chain. As owners and breeders, we must be stewards of the safety and well-being of our horses. They look to us for their care and protection and to allow them to endure a horrific massacre is unacceptable. “
“We had a close call this year to secure our first year winner of the Santa Anita Derby The deputy released from a slaughter pen. And it was far from our first rodeo. said Barry Irwin, owner of Team Valor whose Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby in 2011. “I support any initiative that will end this cycle.”
Senior US trainer Graham Motion, who conditioned Animal Kingdom, said: “It is high time that we end the transport of American horses for slaughter across state borders and across borders. At Herringswell, we are committed to finding other careers for Thoroughbreds once their racing days are over. The practice of transporting horses for slaughter is abhorrent and must end. “
“Now that New York State lawmakers have done the right thing, I hope the federal government will join us in ensuring that our racehorses have decent homes at the end of this season. their career. Said Jeff Gural, owner of Allerage Farm and owner of Racetracks, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. “The authorization to sell them for slaughter should have been removed years ago. ”
“As a multiple-time Kentucky Derby winner and a Hall of Famer who has had a Hall of Fame career, my passion for my exceptional equine athletes has never wavered. The Carter, Fitzpatrick, Katko amendment to the INVEST law that will stop interstate travel across states and international borders for horse slaughter is a must. Gary Stevens said. “There is always a place where our beautiful friends can retire and live the life they all deserve. “
“Everyone in the races should support the Carter Amendment, Fitzpatrick, Katko and all efforts to end the slaughter of our horses. The monitoring organizations work tirelessly and at great expense but the slaughter of our horses, or the extortion of our horses under threat of slaughter, will never end until slaughter is stopped at the federal level. . said Victoria Keith, president of the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization. “We urge every racing entity to step up now and lobby together to end this deep injustice to our horses and the public relations nightmare for the race.”
“If at the very least you care about horses, and at the most you make a living working with horses, then supporting the Carter, Fitzpatrick, Katko Amendment is so obvious that you don’t have to think twice. times. “said Dr Patty Hogan, of Equine hogan. “Welfare issues are at the forefront of public concern for any sport or industry associated with horses in this country, and to ignore this fact is to do so at your own risk and on your death. Passage of this amendment will finally close the dangerous loopholes that still exist for our most vulnerable members of the American equine population. “
According to national polls, more than 80 percent of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses and want them protected from such a fate. It is high time to stop the slaughter of American horses, and the Carter, Fitzpatrick, Carter Amendment is an opportunity we must seize. Other horse racing professionals who approve of the change include: Claiborne Farm, Cobra Farm, Crawford Farms, Equine Advocates, Fawn Leap Farm, Foxie G Foundation, Gainesway Farm, Jack Knowlton-Sackatoga Stable, Lael Stable, Machmer Hall Thoroughbreds, NP Zito Racing Stable, Neil Drysdale, Pin Oak Stud, RACE Fund, Shadowlawn Farm, Shaun Dugan Agent, Tranquility Farm, West Point Thoroughbreds and many more.
Individuals can help push through the Carter, Fitzpatrick, Katko amendment by urging their US representative to support the measure. The amendment is expected to be moved to the House before the August recess, so time is running out.
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Photos: Thoroughbred mare rescued from a slaughter pen, 2021. Photo credit: National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization (NTWO)
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