End doping in the horseracing industry

Some unscrupulous trainers use legal and illegal drugs to mask the pain or enhance the performance of their racehorses. This not only gives them an unfair advantage, but also can lead to injuries and deaths on the racetrack when horses are raced under the influence of drugs. There are no national rules to prohibit the use of drugs and penalize doping violations in horseracing.

Congress considered banning drugs in horseracing in 1980, but instead allowed each state to make its own decisions on medications in the sport. The horseracing industry is presently governed by a patchwork of 38 different states' regulations regarding drug and medication rules. 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Integrity Act, H.R.1754/S. 1820, is a federal bill that will protect our nation's racehorses by replacing the outdated state-by-state drug and medication rules with one national standard and implementing a uniform, universal penalty structure for violations.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. This bill also bans medication of racehorses on race day. If a horse needs drugs in order to race, that horse should not be competing.

TAKE ACTION
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your two U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to help protect racehorses. Look up your legislator's phone numbers.

You can say, "As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor and help pass the Horseracing Integrity Act, H.R.1754/S. 1820, to better regulate the horseracing industry and improve the welfare of racehorses. If you are already a cosponsor, thank you -- and please do all you can to help secure swift passage of the bill."

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Dear Legislator,

As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor the Horseracing Integrity Act, H.R.1754/S. 1820, and do all that you can to pass this important bill. If you are already a cosponsor, thank you and please do all you can to help secure swift passage of the bill.

Congress considered banning drugs in horseracing in 1980, but instead allowed each state to make its own decisions on medications in the sport. The horseracing industry is now governed by a patchwork of 38 different states' regulations, which creates a system in which trainers caught doping their racehorses can move from state to state to continue doping and avoid tougher penalties.

This bill would establish an independent, non-governmental authority, created by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, to enforce uniform rules for legal and illegal medications in the horseracing industry. USADA is recognized by Congress as the official anti-doping agency for our Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sports. The industry will cover all costs associated with this bill---not the taxpayer.

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