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.