This #GivingTuesday December 3, please help horses with a donation to the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund.
I am proud to share five ways this Fund has worked for horses worldwide in 2019, through partnership with PETA–People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:
1) The U.S. mainstream media is catching up with PETA on the need to end horse racing cruelty. The L.A. Times November 2 editorial Horses are still dying at Santa Anita and something has to give is one of many examples.
2) Thanks to whistleblowers who came to PETA, the L.A. District Attorney has begun an investigation of Santa Anita horse deaths. One revelation — perhaps the biggest horse racing scandal in a generation — is that 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify had tested positive for an illegal drug at Santa Anita that April, and should have been disqualified. More in the podcast Whistleblowers Help PETA Uncover Truth About Drugs and Horse Racing.
3) Thanks to a PETA exposé, the West Virginia Racing Commission has announced plans to begin a necropsy program in January 2020 — bringing this state in line with many others that use necropsy information to reduce future racehorse deaths. This announcement came after Bridget Moloney, who earned $389,748 in her racing career, was dumped at a landfill by the Mountaineer Casino & Racetrack. This is personal for me, because my Henry and Charlie were both raced at Mountaineer for long periods.
4) After PETA’s investigation of a Jeju, South Korea slaughter plant where former racehorses are killed for meat, local police charged the Jeju Livestock Cooperative Association and three workers for slaughtering horses in front of other horses – a violation of South Korea’s Animal Protection Act.
5) In North Carolina, PETA’s Community Animal Project obtained the release of a severely underweight 19-year-old horse named Badger, whose owner was unable to provide proper care. The Greg Fund provided sponsorship during Badger’s rehabilitation period — and now this horse has moved to a caring permanent home.
In the final years of Greg’s life, he devoted extensive effort to helping PETA end cruelty toward horses, and I know he would be proud to see the progress we’re now making. More on the racehorse page of this website.