Santa Anita Park season is over, but horses still need protection.

Los Angeles, CA (6/24/19) – The deaths of horses – 30 since December 2018 – at Santa Anita Park are the subject of a criminal investigation, opened by the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey. As the only nonprofit animal welfare agency in the City of Los Angeles that is also Law Enforcement, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) investigators are ready and able to be of assistance in the investigation. On Sunday, the track closed its season, one day after the death of the 30th horse, and its ban of hall of fame horse trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer.

“As long as horse racing remains a legal pastime, it is our job – the citizens and lawmakers of this country – to enact strict regulation, legislation, and oversight to protect racing horses,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein. “Continue contacting your elected officials. Vote in every election. Make your voice heard. And, your spcaLA will continue to investigate animal cruelty and enforce the law, as we’ve done since 1877.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently took steps to protect horses in the sport of racing, through his support of SB 469, introduced by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa).

spcaLA believes that animals, as living creatures, have value beyond economic measurement, and are entitled to legal, moral, and ethical consideration and protection. As such, the Society opposes using animals for entertainment purposes, such as circuses, rodeos, and horse racing.

“As long as there is money to be made on the backs of these animals, they will be exploited,” said Bernstein. “We as a people have evolved to reject the exploitation of animals in circuses, fighting matches, apparel, and even Greyhound racing to a large extent – why not horse racing?”