From our executive director, Nicole Arciello:
I am thrilled to announce that last night the Board of Selectmen in Hardwick, Massachusetts, voted against the horseracing-facility proposal that would have brought Thoroughbred racing back to the state!
This is the third track proposal in MA in the past calendar year; a similar proposal was defeated in Sturbridge, and another is nearing its inevitable end in Plymouth. Horseracing Wrongs has been working closely with residents in these towns to educate about this cruel and deadly industry, and to provide the tools needed to be a voice for the horses.
To assist Hardwick residents, HW put out an Action Alert on social media and through email, urging advocates across the state (and country) to contact each member of the Hardwick Select Board, respectfully asking them to say no to horseracing cruelty. In addition, in an effort to educate about the reality of horseracing, thousands of HW leaflets were sent out to Hardwick residents.
On Monday morning, we delivered our petition with signatures and comments to the Chair of the Board. Today, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports: “During Thursday’s meeting, about 60 residents held up sheets of paper with the word ‘NO’ typed in green, as the board discussed its vote.”
We at Horseracing Wrongs are proud to fight with the good people of Mass to stop new racing, and we will continue until these proposals end once and for all!
Thanks to you and so many people who care about the horses, Massachusetts (and all of New England) remains free of Thoroughbred racing! Thank you for your support as we continue to be a voice for the horses!