For Speedy Launch:
July 22, 2022
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 right now 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 prime temperatures can put horses prone 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 stop one other tragedy by canceling races within the face of maximum warmth.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t 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
Director of Racing and Racing Secretary
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 further steps to protect in opposition to the consequences 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 increased on Sunday. Horses are pushed to the restrict each time they race, and the extra stress of skyrocketing temperatures could cause mind injury, collapse on account of heatstroke, and deadly cardiac trauma.
If the warmth stress index is under 160 and races are carried out, additional warning needs to be taken and extra protocols needs to be applied, 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 necessary for the Baffert-trained Thoroughbred Taiba.
There are various 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 monitor was over 100 levels—video footage of this incident is obtainable 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 had 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 every single day, and excessive warmth can simply add to this demise toll. By suspending racing till temperatures calm down, racetracks may help forestall additional heat-related deaths. Please take instant motion to guard horses in New Jersey.
Thanks on your consideration. I stay up for listening to from you.
Senior Vice President
Equine Issues Division