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This deadly horse racing season signals urgent need for zero-tolerance anti-doping and track safety policies

2023 could have been a watershed year for the welfare of racehorses in the U.S. with the historic implementation of national racetrack safety and anti-doping programs the anti-doping section of the new law was late in implementation due to continued pushback by a few laggards using the courts to prevent it. With the spotlight on the tracks, horse deaths in racing continued at a rate that was frightening and unacceptable to the American public. Doping scandals and deaths surrounded each of the Triple Crown races.

Despite these grim developments, interest in racing still flourishes and some

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Kitty Block is President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International, the international affiliate of the HSUS.

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