Horseracing industry must stop doping horses: Letters – OCRegister

Re “Taking a hard look at horse racing” (Opinion, June 23):

Kudos to Sen. Dianne Feinstein for urging reforms in the horseracing industry, beset by crisis in the form of dozens of recent horse fatalities.

Regulation is balkanized, with 38 racing jurisdictions each having its own set of rules concerning allowable medications, penalties for violations, protocols for drug testing, and qualifications for laboratories involved with enforcement.

Horseracing is a national industry, and as in the case of professional football, national standards about drug use and doping are needed. The industry needs to stop unethical trainers and veterinarians from doping horses to mask injuries and improve their chances of winning.

The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, with other animal welfare groups and many horseracing industry leaders all support the Horseracing Integrity Act as the right remedy for the problem at issue.

We commend Reps. Paul Tonko, D-New York, and Andy Barr, R-Kentucky, and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and Martha McSally, R-Arizona, for introducing this bipartisan bill to create a national rulebook and independent oversight authority, to ban race-day medication, and to substantially increase out-of-competition testing.

We hope Sen. Feinstein and other legislators will also support this vital bill.

Valerie Pringle, Washington D.C.The letter writer is campaign manager for Equine Protection, the Humane Society of the United States.

Politicians don’t care about legal citizens

President Donald Trump said he was going to start deporting people in this country illegally on June 23. At the request of the Democrats, he put it off for two weeks to see if Congress can work out a solution.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are telling people here illegally what to do if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) knocks on their door. I thought they were elected to serve American citizens and people who are here legally. Obviously that is not the case.

With the supermajority the Democratic Party has in our state, we are not going to see any changes anytime soon. How much longer are we going let things like this keep happening?

— James Armstrong, Huntington Beach

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