Shut Down Lethal Horse Racing Track

Target: Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Goal: Shut down deadly racetrack until improvements are made.

Three horses have already died this year due to extremely dangerous conditions at Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, California, a racetrack 15 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. This is hardly surprising, either: last year, a shocking total of 37 horses were killed at the racetrack. Even for a racetrack, where animals are frequently killed in training accidents, collisions, and from euthanasia due to injuries, this is an extremely high death count.

Despite this, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office didn’t see fit to close the track. Instead, they imposed a requirement for stricter safety measures and cleared the track management of any criminal wrongdoing or negligence. But whether or not there has been any criminal wrongdoing, the fact remains that 40 horses are already needlessly dead, and the year is not off to a promising start for others. Santa Anita Park cannot be allowed to remain open so long as there is a chance that more horses will be injured or killed under current conditions.

Sign this petition to demand that Supervisor Barger act with compassion and shut down this lethal racetrack until conditions are made safe again.


Dear Supervisor Barger,

Santa Anita Park, a racetrack in your city, has been responsible for the deaths of 40 horses over the past year, with three dead already this year. Although the County District Attorney’s office has cleared the owners and managers of any criminality, horses are still dying, and they have been allowed to die needlessly.

The continued operation of this racetrack would be a travesty in any county that aims to protect the lives and safety of all living creatures within its limits. I demand that you shut down this racetrack immediately until Santa Anita Park has been made safe according to the District Attorney’s office and animal protection officials.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: V.T. Polywoda

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  1. Mary Zambrana says:

    Until conditions improve!? Or until the millions of dollars stop being more important than the horse deaths?? When people cease exploiting all animals for money and senseless forms of twisted enjoyment, then the animals that we share this planet with will have a peaceful existence. Coexistence not extinction.

  2. Elizabeth Sargeant says:

    They don’t just die on the track. Race horses are subjected to over vigorous exercise, drugs, forced to run faster when whipped incessently. Horses hearts can literally burst and kill them when being forced to race. Horses do not naturally run at great speeds, they are forced. This is cruelty beyond imagination and people should be held accountable. Money as ever is the reason.
    Shut this track down it is notoriuos for horse deaths!

  3. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    How many more horses have to die before this track is shut down?

  4. Debra Goldstein Lustig says:

    This place is a frigging death track. Shit it down as all racetracks should be outlawed whether it be horses or dogs

  5. Please ban all horse racing.

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