Commentary: What’s One Thing Racing Could Do To Improve Its Image? Support The SAFE Act

As racing faces a continued barrage of negative press coverage in mainstream media for its safety and welfare practices, the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey writes that there’s one, seemingly-straightforward thing industry groups could do to show how seriously they take equine welfare. The SAFE Act (H.R. 961) is the latest incarnation of legislation seeking to make it illegal to export horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.

Horse slaughter has been illegal in the United States since Congress defunded the inspection of equine slaughterhouses several years ago, but as many equine welfare advocates point out, that hasn’t stopped the export of horses across the northern and southern borders, where they may be slaughtered for human consumption.

Hovdey asked two key groups, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and The Jockey Club, what their official stance is on the SAFE Act. The results were somewhat noncommittal, as both groups expressed opposition to the practice of slaughtering horses, but neutrality on the SAFE Act.

The NTRA’s Alex Waldrop told Hovdey, in part, “While we strongly oppose the slaughter of Thoroughbreds for human consumption, NTRA members and affiliates represent a wide spectrum of views regarding a legislated ban on slaughter, so we have for the last several years chosen to remain neutral on the [Act].”

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