PLEASANTON (KPIX) – A organization of animal rights activists protested outdoor the Alameda County Fair maximum of the day calling for a quit to horse racing, on Saturday. Inside, racing fans, running shoes, and experts had a unique view of the industry.
The anti-horseracing organization ‘Horseracing Wrongs’ became spurred into the movement after the loss of life of 30 horses at Santa Anita Racetrack in southern California, over the last six months.
Kristina Verdile is undoubtedly one of them.
“Thank you for not betting nowadays on horses. Horses die on this racetrack due to our bets,” Verdile advised fairgoers as they walked in.
“Horse racing kills horses,” she stated as she and other volunteers held signs and passed out fliers.
“These people are creating wealth off the suffering and cruelty and demise of horses,” says Verdile.
Professionals concerned inside the horse racing enterprise say that isn’t authentic.
“These horses are cared for so properly. We don’t do that to make cash. Anybody in the enterprise will inform you that. You do it because you adore it and it’s your passion,” says Quinn Howey who has been training horses for about 15 years.
Since the deaths at Santa Anita, horse racing in California is dealing with new scrutiny. On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 469; an original invoice gives the state’s racing board more enforcement power when it comes to safety issues.
“There’s finger-pointing, and this enterprise wishes to take duty. Medication, whips, and taking care of those horses — and ensuring that racing floor is awesome,” says Larry Swartzlander, Executive Director of racing on the county gala’s in California.
He says the talk has helped bring about wanted reforms of allowable medicinal drugs and the way jockeys can use whips throughout races.
Swartzlander also says the unexpected spike within the number of fatalities seems to be constrained to Santa Anita, that could sign trouble with the track itself because of the record quantity of rain this iciness.
“The water gets down in there, and also you start to get breaks in that base, and once you try this, it’s similar to you’re running down the street with potholes. If you hit a pothole, guess what? You’re going to break your ankle,” says Swartzlander.
Racing enthusiasts say the health of the horses has to come first continually.
“Trainers are jogging the horses once they’re now not one hundred percentage sound, and that’s not right for the races, no longer the animals, or the fanatics,” says Herbert Robinson, who changed into attending the races on the Alameda County Fair.
“I don’t recognize what the answer is, but I don’t suppose wiping out horse racing is the answer,” stated long-time racing fan Richard Stecz.
Swartzlander says the tracks at the county fairs have a number of the first-class protection facts within the state. There had been no registered racing horse fatalities within the beyond two years.