The New York State Senate has passed a bi-partisan supported bill related to the aftercare of retired racehorses in the state. It is expected to pass the N.Y. State Assembly in the current legislative session.
The bill, sponsored by State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., is Senate Bill 1442 and prohibits the slaughter of racehorses and breeding stock or transfer of horses intended for slaughter as well as the transfer of horses where one knows or should have known that the horse would be slaughtered. Any violators will be denied Gaming Commission licenses and barred from receiving breeding awards.
The bill also requires that all racehorses be microchipped and for breeding organizations to have a dedicated aftercare program fund. It also provides that funds generated by enforcement will be dedicated to aftercare.
The bill increases the oversight of horse transfer and ownership by the Gaming Commission. All microchipping information will go to the Commission as well as the Jockey Club.
Finally, it also establishes a tax check-off on individual and corporate franchise tax returns to bring awareness and more funding to Thoroughbred aftercare.
According to Senator Addabbo, "The reason why I love this bill is that it came from the industry itself and we flushed out the details. We worked with breeders and horsemen." He sees no roadblocks to the bill passing. He hopes to become a model for other states that they might also commit to aftercare and follow a similar stance.