Target: U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie
Goal: Establish national standards to protect horses in the racing industry.
Horse racing is a dangerous sport that often leads to serious injury and even death for the horses involved. Two horses died at the Pimlico Race Course during this year’s Preakness Stakes, a tragedy that highlights the risks involved in any sport that uses animals. Horse racing is particularly controversial, since many of the horses are administered pain injections and drugs before the race. These medications can push the horses beyond their natural limits and make any health problems less obvious to veterinarians. National standards need to be established in order to safely monitor the use of drugs, ensure that race horses are retired at an appropriate age, and protect their general health and well-being.
A nine-year-old gelding named Homeboykris collapsed and died soon after winning his race at Preakness. He was soon followed by Pramadya, a four-year-old filly who fractured a leg during the final turn of her race and was euthanized on the track. Sadly, this kind of tragedy is not uncommon on race days; 31 horses died of injuries at the Pimlico Race Course between 2009 and 2015. According to PETA, an average of 24 horses die on race tracks in the U.S. each week. The organization has called for the owners of Homeboykris and Pramadya to release the horses’ medical records immediately, including a full list of all medications administered in the two weeks leading up to the race.
Horses are highly intelligent animals that deserve to be treated with respect and care, especially in a dangerous sport like horse racing. Any negligence or over-medication that can lead to a horse’s death is nothing short of animal abuse, and owners must be held to strict regulations in order to ensure the protection of their horses. Sign the petition below to demand the establishment of national standards in the horse racing industry and keep future horses from suffering the same fate as Homeboykris and Paramadya.
Dear Representative Guthrie,
The horse racing industry is in need of reform. Two horses, a nine-year-old gelding named Homeboykris and a four-year-old filly named Pramadya, died at the Pimlico Race Course during this year’s Preakness Stakes. This kind of tragedy is not uncommon in the industry. According to PETA, approximately 24 horses die on U.S. race tracks each week. Pimlico Race Course is no exception, with 31 horses dying of injuries between 2009 and 2015 alone.
Many horses are administered drugs and pain medications in the days leading up to a race, which can result in a horse overreaching its natural limits while also making any health problems less obvious. PETA is calling for the owners of Homeboykris and Pramadya to release the horses’ medical records immediately, including a full list of medications administered in the two weeks before the race. Over-medication should never be the cause of a horse’s death, and the mistreatment and negligence of race horses needs to stop.
I am urging you to establish national standards that will regulate medications and protect horses in the racing industry. Please take action to decrease the number of fatalities at horse races, and ensure that these animals are treated with the respect and care that they deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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