A new California Assembly bill aims to end practices that contribute to the growing number of horse racing deaths. CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation Judy Mancuso says the bill establishes best practices for screening horses before they race.
If passed, AB 2177 would require the use of CT scan equipment for screening horses and an onsite central pharmacy at the major race tracks to prevent medication abuse. It would also impose stiff penalties for trainers of fatally injured horses. The legislation was introduced by Assemblymember Ash Kalra and is backed by PETA.