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Horseracing Wrongs protests outside of Saratoga Race Course

July 30, 2018 03:47 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - A nonprofit group protested Sunday outside the Saratoga Race Course in the hopes of putting an end to horse racing. Dozens of people came out from the group Horseracing Wrongs to raise awareness about the issue.

Around 2,000 race horses die on American tracks each year, according to the group. Last year there were 21 deaths at the Saratoga Race Course. 

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The group says the track is an economic boost for Saratoga, but that it is not needed.

“Money is no way to decide matters of morality. For us this is a moral issue. We are using and killing horses for our pleasure. It's in our estimation indefensible," the founder of the group Patrick Battuello said.

The New York State Racing Association responded to the protests claiming that the health of the horses is the top priority.

"NYRA has implemented extensive reforms and made significant investments since 2013 to improve track surface conditions, upgrade equipment, provide vets with more authority to monitor thoroughbred health, establish committees to oversee safety measures, and actively seek out advice and guidance from independent experts and scientists," NYRA said.

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