DawnWatch: USA Today on drug use in horse racing — 12/11/06

December 11th, 2006 10:43 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Subject: DawnWatch: USA Today on drug use in horse racing 12/11/06

USA Today, the most widely distributed newspaper in the US, has a December 11 story headed, “Report: Failed drug tests in horses increasing.”

It opens:

“The number of race horses that failed drug tests in California has nearly doubled since 2000, and the offenses rarely result in disqualification or other stiff penalties, The Orange County Register reported Sunday.

While failed drug tests have dropped significantly in other states that feature horse racing, California registered 142 violations out of 31,517 tests in 2005, compared to 72 violations after 29,876 horses were examined in 2000.

It ends with “Meanwhile, tens of thousands of urine and blood samples collected from horses that have raced in California over the past several years have never been tested. The newspaper reported California tested nearly 5,000 fewer horses last fiscal year compared to 2003, and the horse racing board spent less on testing in 2005 than it did in each of the previous five years.”

You’ll find the whole article on line here.

The original Orange County Register article is on line here.

(Those in Orange County should send letters to letters [at] ocregister.com)

Drugs mask injuries, and are part of the cruelty of the industry. You can find out more at:
http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=65

And you can send a letter to USA Today, calling for an end to the abuse of animals for human entertainment, at http://tinyurl.com/cee7y.

The animals need your voice.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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