Urge Congress to Crack Down on Rampant Drug Use in Horse Racing

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An average of 24 horses suffer deadly breakdowns on racetracks every week, and this number continues to grow as the reckless use of legal and illegal drugs becomes more widespread. Trainers and veterinarians frequently pump horses full of injury-masking, performance-enhancing drugs that allow horses to run with injuries that would otherwise be too painful.

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013 (H.R. 2012) would give the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency—the same agency that investigated Lance Armstrong—the authority to develop comprehensive rules for prohibited substances, create testing programs, and implement stricter penalties for drug violations. The bill also calls for an end to race day medication and would limit the use of furosemide (Lasix), a powerful diuretic with performance-enhancing qualities, on horses who are less than 3 years of age.

This Thursday, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will be holding a hearing on this critical piece of legislation. Please use the form below to send a quick note to your representative, who is one of the 25 legislators sitting on the committee. Let your representative know that you are disgusted by the rampant use of drugs in the horse-racing industry and voice your support for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013.


Dear [Decision Maker],

[Your Name]

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