The California Horse Racing Board has approved a proposal to spend about $1 million annually to support efforts to study horse welfare and injury prevention. The California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory and several other groups are given the responsibility for carrying out the project, which is hoped to help identify the cause of equine injuries and deaths. They also support of move to help eliminate race-day medication within 5 years.
Dr. Ramey notes: This is great news. If horses are going to be raced, then we owe it to them to make racing as safe as possible.