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Animal welfare groups speak out on the implementation of the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act which comes into force on Friday

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AWA Executive Director Marty Irby testifies at a House hearing on HR 1754 in January 2020

AWA Executive Director Marty Irby testifies at a House hearing on HR 1754 in January 2020

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HISA is the industry’s last chance to convince the betting public that horse racing is a legitimate sport.

— Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, USA, July 1, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, as the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act signed into law in December 2020 officially comes into effect, Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action (AWA) and the Senior Vice President of the Center for a Humane Economy (CHE) issued the following statement on behalf of AWA, CHE and the Animal Wellness Foundation:

“We are delighted that the effective date for the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act has finally arrived after six years of tireless lobbying at nearly a thousand meetings, and another eighteen months wait since the measure was signed into law in December 2020 by President Trump.

“We hope that the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) created by the new law will remain objective and unwavering in its mission to eradicate endemic doping in sport and suppress with a fierce and heavy cheaters and horse abusers who have snubbed reform and rigged the system for decades. HISA is the industry’s last chance to convince the betting public that horse racing is a legitimate sport.

Background:

Animal Wellness Action has led the charge to eradicate doping in American horse racing in animal welfare and Irby testified before the United States House of Representatives in 2020 in support of the Integrity and horse racing safety just weeks before nearly 30 trainers were charged. , veterinarians and other horse racing parties implicated in the biggest horse-related doping scandal the United States has ever seen. Animal Wellness Action also helped stop famed horse trainer Bob Baffert from competing in all three Triple Crown races in 2022 due to drug violations related to the late Medina Spirit who crossed the finish line first at the 2021 Kentucky Derby. , and was ultimately disqualified after his untimely death at Santa Anita Park from a cardiac event in December 2021.

Irby’s latest opinion pieces on the subject published in May by NBC News national can be found here, and by the Baltimore Post-Examiner can be found here.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a private, charitable organization based in Los Angeles whose mission is to help animals by making veterinary care available to everyone who has a pet, regardless of economic ability. . We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless animals find a loving caregiver. We believe in bringing veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promote responsible pet ownership; and vaccination of animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and alleviate suffering. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to help animals by promoting legal standards prohibiting cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of pets, farm animals and wildlife. We advocate for policies to end dog and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to combat factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we encourage good public policies and work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we need to elect good legislators, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our problems and which don’t. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Humane Economy (“the Center”) is a non-profit organization that aims to influence business conduct to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal welfare movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and environmental degradation and embrace innovation as a means to eliminate both .

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