Source: Equine Advocates
This beautiful image of rescued Thoroughbred, Freddie was taken by #EllenLynch. I mentioned Freddie’s case during my testimony yesterday. After racing 51 times, he was retrained and successfully performed on the show circuit for years, only to be discarded when he could no longer compete. Freddie came to the sanctuary in 2011. He turned 28 in March. – Susan Wagner
by Susan Wagner, Pres., Equine Advocates
Historic Hearing on the Welfare & Aftercare of Racehorses
June 6, 2019
Yesterday, representing #EquineAdvocates, I testified at a joint public hearing of the NYS Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering and the Senate Standing Committee on Domestic Animal Welfare. Those committees were chaired by Senator #JosephAddabbo and Senator #MonicaMartinez, respectively. I was told by a colleague that this event was historic in that nothing like this hearing had ever been held in the NYS Legislature before because it focused on both the health of #Racehorses in training as well as their #Aftercare and Retirement.
Here at Equine Advocates, just over 25% of our horse population is comprised of #Thoroughbreds and #Standardbreds. The main focus of my testimony was ending #HorseSlaughter and the need for more funding for #HorseSanctuaries and aftercare programs. At Equine Advocates, the Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds that end up here are not candidates for retraining and second careers. I did try to make the point that our horses play very important roles in our #HumaneEducation Program and with public awareness – People need to understand that one must be responsible for the horses under one’s care and to provide a kind and safe home during that animal’s life and a peaceful and dignified passing at the end of life.
We also try to set an example for how equines should live and be treated with this sanctuary as a model of which I am extremely proud. I feel strongly that the horses we rescue are just as deserving of support and the right to live out their lives as the ones who are sound enough to be retrained and go on to other careers.
I was very honored to speak on Panel 3 with my dear friend, #JohnHolland, President of the #EquineWelfareAlliance, an organization with which we have close ties. Also on our panel was Dr. #LesterFrieldlander, a former investigator with the #USDA and a strong advocate against horse slaughter.
Here are some links of the media’s coverage of yesterday’s hearing: