spcaLA Commends Governor Newsom and Introduction of SB 469 to Protect Horses in Racing

Los Angeles, CA (5/30/19) – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) commends the introduction of SB 469 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and California Governor, Gavin Newsom for his support. SB 469’s intent is to protect horses in the sport of racing, and is in direct response to the horses that have died at Santa Anita Park.

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 animals for entertainment purposes, such as circuses, rodeos, and horse racing. “My question is why do we need to torture animals to entertain ourselves,” said spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein. “It is a reflection of our society, and in order to become a more humane society, these activities should be outlawed. Until that day, there must be stricter regulations to protect the animals.”

SB 469 authorizes the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to suspend horse racing licenses to protect the health and safety of horses and riders. Governor Newsom also announced his administration will take further regulatory actions including an investigation into the horse deaths at Santa Anita, suspending the use of certain medications at California racetracks, and increasing the presence of veterinarians and safety stewards.