ADDED: Here is the task force report, at Thoroughbred Confidential: http://thoroughbredconfidential.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/TFRR_ReportFinal.pdf
At the Huffington Post today, you can read Liz O’Connell’s post on the upcoming recommendations from the New York State Task Force on Retired Race Horses. This government task force has been formulating how the state should respond to the continuing crisis facing Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses in New York.
Says O’Connell, a member of the task force:
We have the opportunity to forge a program in New York where we have both the finest horse racing, and, a secure and humane retirement program for the equine athletes that make the racing industry and its attendant wagering and gaming opportunities possible.
And wouldn’t that be amazing?
So here’s a question: what requirements would YOU make the racing industry put into place to both SECURE the future of each racehorse but also to EDUCATE the public about their potential as friends, sport horses, therapy horses, and any other job we might care to put them to?