Make no mistake, the Humane Society of the United States is not PETA, nor do they share the same philosophy or goal for the sport of horse racing. To the contrary, they are a largely unknown by fans and bettors, ally to racing, and actually support safe racing.
The Humane Society of the US worked with the Jockey Club and Congress to get the Horse racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) passed.
On this episode of Past the Wire TV and our Gate to Wire podcast brought to you by Spendthrift Farm we had the pleasure of meeting Valerie Pringle, Program Manager for Equine Protection for the Humane Society of the US. Valerie is a horse person herself, and is also a supporter of racing, as long as it is done as safely as possible for both the equine and human athletes. Her views of that are not unrealistic, nor are her expectations. Valerie was involved in pushing HISA into law, and was a welcomed help to the Jockey Club and other industry leaders who want what most of us do, safe, drug free, uniform racing with a level playing field and clearly defined rules by a central governing body.
In this episode you will see how the Humane Society views our sport, and how they want to both see and help it grow. They are more involved than many realize in trying to make the reforms and changes most of us know are needed actually happen.
Contrary to what some may think, this organization is a help to our industry, not an enemy of it. Unlike other organizations, they understand the sport, and want the best for it while also wanting the best for the horses. That was refreshing to learn.