WASHINGTON -- Horse racing is scheduled to begin at Santa Anita Park on December 26, though safety measures recommended by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the California Horse Racing Boards following investigations into the tragic deaths of 37 racehorses in 2019 have not been implemented. Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, stated:

“It was a year ago that the first of a slew of racehorse deaths occurred at the Santa Anita Park track. It is deeply troubling that racing is scheduled to begin on December 26 before all new safety measures based on the results of investigations by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the California Horse Racing Board are implemented. The Stronach Group should postpone the resumption of horseracing at Santa Anita Park until the public can be reassured that horses will be protected during training and racing. To not do so is placing profit above the welfare of horse and rider.”

Editor’s note: This release was updated on Dec. 27.

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