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Santa Anita cancels racing indefinitely after 21st horse KILLED at track since Dec. 26

PETA has called on the LA County district attorney to open a criminal investigation into the use of drugs that mask injuries, forcing horses to run when they are not sound.

LA TIMES: ‘Only days before two of the biggest events on its schedule, Santa Anita on Tuesday suspended racing at least through this weekend — the announcement coming hours after the 21st horse fatality at the track since Dec. 26… The latest was Tuesday when a 4-year-old filly was euthanized after injuring her right front leg. It was the ninth death after an injury sustained during training on the main dirt track. Seven have died after racing on the dirt track and five on the turf track. The 21 fatalities are almost double all of last year, which was considered one of the safest in almost 25 years…

The rash of deaths has brought protesters to Santa Anita, not an uncommon sight at race tracks even in good times. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to close the track and asked the L.A. County district attorney to open an investigation into the use of drugs that mask injuries, forcing horses to run when they are not sound…. PETA president Ingrid Newkirk agreed with the decision to close the track and added that PETA would also like to see a criminal investigation into the matter’. SOURCE…

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