Justify’s story highlights urgent need to root out doping and self-policing from horseracing industry

The horseracing industry is now beset by a drug crisis that has led to the premature deaths of thousands of horses over the years.
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By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The saga of 2018 Triple Crown champion Justify, recently chronicled in a New York Times article, provides one of the most compelling arguments yet for reform in the horseracing industry and in particular for ending the massive leeway the . . . 

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Congress moves to make horse soring a thing of the PAST

Soring is a heinous practice in which violators intentionally inflict pain on a horse’s legs or hooves, forcing the animal to perform an artificial, high-stepping gait called the “big lick.” Photo by the HSUS

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson We have terrific news to report in our long-running fight to protect Tennessee walking horses and related breeds from the cruel practice of soring. The House of Representatives has just approved a bill to end this heinous practice in . . . 

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Horse deaths at Santa Anita underscore need for racing reform nationwide

We shouldn’t be waiting for crisis to strike before acting to ensure the safety of racehorses. Horseracing is in a state of crisis, and we need urgent nationwide reform. Photo by Stan Rohrer/Alamy Stock Photo

The number of horses dying at the Santa Anita racetrack in California since December 2018 has led to widespread concern in the horseracing world and beyond, and prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom to call for closing the racetrack until the safety of the horses can . . . 

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Second Texas animal rescue response in two weeks saves 150 horses

One of the 150 horses rescued from a property in Texas in an alleged large-scale cruelty case. All the animals have now been transported to a safe, secure location where they are receiving veterinary care and will begin their long road to recovery. Photo by Meredith Lee/HSUS

With many of our Animal Rescue Team members still in Killeen, Texas caring for the nearly 200 cats we rescued there less than two weeks ago in an alleged neglect case, other HSUS responders went to another property in Texas on Thursday rescuing approximately 150 . . . 

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Key House committee, federal court direct USDA to release crucial animal welfare records

It is especially important that the public have access to this information now because the administration itself has all but stopped enforcing the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, allowing facilities to neglect and mistreat their animals with little to no consequences. Photo by Michelle Riley/The HSUS

The House appropriations committee has just issued a clear directive to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reinstate full public access to animal welfare inspection reports and other records that show how businesses like roadside zoos and puppy mills, and research facilities that do invasive . . . 

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Doris Day was a force for animal protection

She was a founding member of Actors and Others for Animals and, along with her late son, Terry Melcher, the founder of the Doris Day Animal Foundation and the Doris Day Animal League.

With the passing of legendary actress, singer and animal advocate Doris Day, the world has lost a generous and kind soul. Even as we mourn the loss of a woman whose grace, talent and versatility left so many of us charmed, I want to celebrate . . . 

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Proposal offers brighter future for wild horses and burros

Three years ago the HSUS and its allies decided enough was enough, and started to work cooperatively with other stakeholders on a simple goal – find a responsible way forward. Photo by Kim Sella/Black Beauty Ranch

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program is broken. Since inception of the program, the BLM has removed approximately 270,000 wild horses and burros from our public lands, without any significant use of fertility control tools, . . . 

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PAST Act introduced in Senate as more evidence for ending walking horse abuse surfaces

The exaggerated and artificial gait that results from soring is referred to as the “Big Lick,” and it has been rewarded in the Tennessee walking horse industry in particular. Photo by the HSUS

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Recent developments in a case involving a Tennessee walking horse named Honors, who was crowned champion despite clear evidence that he was a victim of cruel soring, highlight the urgent need for Congress to swiftly pass the Prevent All . . . 

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Horseracing Integrity Act will crack down on drugging, protect racehorses

It is no secret that we have a drug crisis in the horse racing industry, one that has led to the premature deaths of thousands of horses over the years. Photo by iStockphoto

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In recent years, major professional sports have taken crucial steps to rid themselves of illegal doping in order to create a more level playing field and to protect athletes from the adverse effects of performance-enhancing drugs. But there has . . . 

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Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown

There are an estimated 190,000 breeding dogs kept in conditions that are barely legal at USDA-licensed puppy mills. USDA inspections, while infrequent and far from adequate, are often the only way to ensure that the animals’ most basic needs – like food, water, shelter from the cold and essential veterinary care – are met. Above, a dog at a USDA-licensed facility. Photo by USDA

The federal government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has devastated many American families. But it has also affected countless numbers of animals, including thousands of domestic and wild animals in puppy mills, research facilities, zoos and other facilities that are licensed — and inspected . . . 

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