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Warmth Hazard for Horses: Cancel Monmouth Park Races, Urges PETA


For Speedy Launch:
July 22, 2022

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Oceanport, N.J. – With temperatures anticipated to succeed in the mid-90s in New Jersey this weekend, PETA rushed a letter in the present day to Monmouth Park Director of Racing and Racing Secretary John Heims, urging him to cancel the upcoming races if the warmth stress index exceeds 160, noting that top temperatures can put horses vulnerable to incurring mind injury, heatstroke, and deadly cardiac trauma. The group additionally requested that, whatever the warmth stress index, officers allocate extra time for thorough pre-race exams to establish any indicators of misery, dehydration, or heatstroke in horses.

PETA is especially involved in regards to the Baffert-trained horse Taiba, slated to run within the Haskell Stakes, given the variety of horses from his barn—together with Medina Spirit—who’ve mysteriously collapsed and died.

“Horses are pushed to the restrict each time they race, and the added bodily stress attributable to skyrocketing temperatures can have lethal penalties,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is looking on Monmouth Park to forestall one other tragedy by canceling races within the face of maximum warmth.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals will not be ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Heims follows.

July 22, 2022

John Heims

Director of Racing and Racing Secretary

Monmouth Park

Expensive Mr. Heims:

I’m writing on behalf of Individuals for the Moral Therapy of Animals U.S.—PETA entities have greater than 9 million members and supporters globally—to induce you to guard horses by suspending racing at Monmouth Park if the warmth stress index exceeds 160 and to take extra steps to protect towards the results of the excessive temperatures.

Temperatures are anticipated to succeed in near 94 levels in Oceanport on Saturday, when races are scheduled to be held. The temperature and the warmth index are forecast to be even larger on Sunday. Horses are pushed to the restrict each time they race, and the extra stress of skyrocketing temperatures may cause mind injury, collapse because of heatstroke, and deadly cardiac trauma.

If the warmth stress index is under 160 and races are performed, further warning ought to be taken and extra protocols ought to be carried out, together with allocating extra time for thorough pre-race exams to establish any indicators of misery, dehydration, or heatstroke.

Given Bob Baffert’s historical past of coaching horses who all of the sudden and mysteriously collapse and die, together with Medina Spirit—who died all of the sudden and unexpectedly at Santa Anita Park—these precautions are particularly essential for the Baffert-trained Thoroughbred Taiba.

There are a lot of examples of horses who’ve skilled breakdowns or collapse due to warmth, together with Cruel Cat, who endured a catastrophic breakdown when his aorta burst whereas the temperature on the observe was over 100 levels—video footage of this incident is out there right here.

To guard the well being of horses and jockeys, tracks throughout the nation have beforehand postponed races when excessive temperatures or warmth indexes have been anticipated, together with Laurel Park in Maryland, which has canceled races this weekend, as harmful temperatures are forecast there.

A mean of three horses die in racing on daily basis, and excessive warmth can simply add to this loss of life toll. By suspending racing till temperatures calm down, racetracks may also help forestall additional heat-related deaths. Please take instant motion to guard horses in New Jersey.

Thanks to your consideration. I look ahead to listening to from you.

Sincerely,

Kathy Guillermo

Senior Vice President

Equine Issues Division



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