NYRA urges tough penalties on horse slaughter

The New York Racing Association is calling for harsh penalties

for horsemen who directly or indirectly sell a horse for


The policy announced by NYRA on Thursday also asks horsemen to

support horse rescue, adoption initiatives and to find humane ways

of dealing with horses unable to continue racing.

Owners or trainers would have their stalls permanently revoked

from NYRA tracks Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga if it is determined

their horses ended up being sold for slaughter.

The policy comes several months after New York horse breeder

Ernie Paragallo was banned from racing when 177 malnourished horses

were discovered at his upstate farm. Paragallo was arraigned in

August on 35 counts of animal cruelty.

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