Arizona: request filled
Arkansas: request filled
California: request filled
Colorado: request filled
Delaware: request filled
Florida: request filled
Illinois: request filled – but with large gaps
Indiana: request filled
Iowa: request filled
Kentucky: request filled
Louisiana: request filled – but without training/stall deaths
Maryland: request filled
Minnesota: request filled – but with names redacted
Nebraska: request filled – but without training deaths
New Jersey: request filled
New Mexico: request filled – but with serious gaps
New York: information direct from Commission database
North Dakota: request filled
Ohio: request filled – but with gaps
Oklahoma: request filled
Oregon: request filled
Pennsylvania: request filled
Texas: request filled – but with large gap
Virginia: request filled
Washington: request filled
West Virginia: request filled
Wyoming: request filled
Idaho: with significantly contracted racing (covid), no deaths reported
Massachusetts: no deaths reported (MA has just a single harness track)
Montana: no racing in 2020 (covid)
Nevada: no deaths reported (very limited racing)
Thank you, Patrick, for your efforts in getting most of these U.S. racing jurisdictions to admit (some of) their confirmed kills. I suspect you’re being exceedingly generous to most of them when you label their FoIA responses as “filled” requests. (It’s obvious most of this sleazy industry still finds ways to HIDE a significant portion of their racehorse deaths through creative labeling, shuffling their injured, and straight-up fraudulent record-keeping.)
But nobody else has even attempted — much less succeeded at — such an endeavor as yours, in all of blood sport history. So you’ll be the one rightfully credited WHEN horse racing is wiped off the face of the U.S. landscape in the very near future.
HISA won’t save a single racehorse’s life. HW will save thousands of them.
Thank you for the kind words, Kelly. We’re all in this together – for the horses.
Our Governor, who will ultimately either sign good anti-horseracing legislation into law–such as banning it forever–or veto it, has a website for commenting. No way to prove that he reads our messages or whether the “gatekeepers” toss them, but as constituents, we pass on your stats for CA and immensely appreciate your work in gathering the information.
We don’t want band-aid legislation (unless, maybe, it bans the use of any type of whip, spur, or other pain inducing activity, ends gambling on any type of horse racing, and requires that no horse can be raced before fire years of age, and certified by a veterinarian, etc.).
Some animal advocates favor the “inch-by-inch band-aid” approach. One look at “soring” on Tennessee walkers with band-aid approaches to try to stop it, has resulted in no progress. The “Big Lick” is still going after 30 years of trying to ban it. Horseracing has to be banned–treated like all animal fighting and dog racing (in many states). It cannot be mitigated to “make it better.”
One exception or workaround to that might be to pass a law to make it a felony to gamble or bet on horseracing. Los Angeles passed a law to ban flank straps, spurs, hot shots, and other implements of torture on rodeo animals. Since they will NOT “perform” if not being tortured, that new ordinance should end that barbaric practice in LA.
It’s all about profit-making gambling with horses as the pawns. The more the word gets out, as HRW is doing, the better the chances to eventually ban it. Thank you!
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