LA considers banning horse racing after deaths at nearby racetrack – New York Post

Los Angeles is reportedly taking measures to ban horse racing in the city — a move that comes as dozens of race horses have died this season at nearby Santa Anita Park.

The city’s Board of Animal Services was set to consider a non-binding motion on Tuesday to support the prohibition of horse racing and off-track betting within city limits, according to KABC.

The Los Angeles City Council would then need to be on board and pass legislation banning the activity.

Commissioner of the Board of Animal Services, Roger Wolfon, who initiated the motion, told City News Service, “This wasn’t a political calculation. Look, 30 horses have died at Santa Anita, that’s a nearby city.”

Santa Anita Park, though a short drive from Los Angeles, would not be affected by the potential ban since it’s in the city of Arcadia.

The racetrack has been targeted by animal rights activists and California politicians alike following a spat of 66 horse deaths since last season, according to CBSLA.

The growing outrage prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom to pass legislation granting the California Horse Racing Board the ability to suspend a track’s horse racing licence, the report said.

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