Update September 29, 2020: The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (H.R.1754) has passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives! It's now up to the Senate to pass this bill in order to restore fairness to the sport of horseracing and improve the welfare of racehorses.
Some unscrupulous trainers use legal and illegal drugs to enhance the performance of their racehorses. This not only gives some racehorses an unfair advantage, but also can lead to injuries or even death on the racetrack when sick or injured horses are raced under the influence of these drugs. There are no uniform rules to prohibit pain-masking or performance-enhancing drugs and penalize doping violations in horseracing.
This creates a system in which trainers caught doping their racehorses can move from state to state to continue doping, especially if those states have insignificant punishments for violations.
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, S.4547, are federal bills that will protect our nation's racehorses by establishing an anti-doping and medication control program and a uniform, universal penalty structure for violations. This bill would charge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency with developing an independent anti-doping authority for the horseracing industry. It also bans medication of racehorses on race day. If a horse needs drugs in order to race, that horse should not be competing. Racetrack safety will also be improved by the bill, which will mandate training and safety standards, including racetrack surface protocols.
Please make a brief, polite phone call now to your two U.S. Senators. Look up your legislator's phone numbers. You can say, "As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor and help pass the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act to better regulate the horseracing industry and improve the welfare of racehorses."
Calling is so important; please do not skip this crucial step. After making your call, please use the form below to send a follow-up message. Be sure to edit your message so it stands out.