PETA’s Campaign to End Racehorse Cruelty has already scored major wins in the first months of the year.
At the U.S. federal level, for more than a decade, PETA has exposed and worked to end the use of performance-enhancing drugs that cause hundreds of racehorses each year to suffer fatal breakdowns. On March 9, 2020, the New York Times reported in More Than Two Dozen Charged in Horse Racing Doping Scheme that federal prosecutors charged 27 racehorse trainers, veterinarians, and drug distributors with “a corrupt scheme to secretly dope horses and cheat the betting public in what has become a $100 billion global industry.” Then on March 13, Washington Post Opinion published its editorial board's position that Horse Racing has Outlived its Time, citing as key evidence PETA's 2014 investigation into treatment of horses including Charlie's Quest, who was later adopted by Greg's surviving family.
In California, during February 2020, Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) introduced the Equine Welfare and Safety in Horse Racing Act, Assembly Bill 2177 sponsored by PETA and Social Compassion in Legislation, to mandate the use of CT scan equipment for screening horses’ legs, prohibit veterinarians from prescribing medications for anything other than a diagnosed condition, authorize the California Horse Racing Board to suspend or revoke a trainer’s license for repeat violations of medication regulations, and more. (Kretzer M. 2020 February 24. PETA Cosponsors Bill to Combat Horse Racing.)
PETA's Community Animal Project successfully worked during Virginia's 2020 legislative session to pass SB 272 in the House and Senate, mandating shelter in temperatures of 32° F or lower or 85° F or higher, or during a severe weather warning. The bill, which also increases the minimum tether length from 10 to 15 feet, builds on 2019 SB 1025 which PETA also championed. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supported SB 272 in the legislative process, and is expected to sign it into law this spring.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an historic decision to eliminate all chemical testing on mammals by 2035, and to immediately begin the transition to more modern and effective methods.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been working toward this outcome for decades, and White Coat Waste Project has also been campaigning for this result in recent years. All three organizations were represented at the news conference where EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the plan.
Thanks to the White Coat Waste Project, a bipartisan coalition of over 50 US Congresspeople, and a nationwide network of animal welfare and taxpayer advocates, the U.S. Department of Agriculture halted kitten experiments that had killed over 3,000 animals since 1982, and agreed to adopt out 14 surviving cats.
PETA’s Campaign to End Racehorse Cruelty successfully advocated for a ban on whips and race-day medications at Stronach Group California racetracks, and an investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, after dozens of horses died in one season at Santa Anita Park.
Through collaboration with another private donor, Food for Thought--A Program of Animal Place began offering Event Grants to animal and environmental organizations for piloting all-vegan events. Greg Fund outreach prompted many wildlife and environmental groups to plan 100% plant-based events; the first Event Grant in this category was awarded for an international gathering of young climate journalists.
PETA’s Campaign to End Racehorse Cruelty introduced a new technology that allows bettors to donate for racehorse aftercare, to prevent these horses being sent to slaughter in Canada or Mexico.
The Greg Fund partnered with Animal Place to publish a new Food for Thought wildlife/environmental brochure, and then issued Policy Grants to ten organizations that newly formalized vegan or vegetarian menu policies.
The Greg Fund worked with PETA's Campaign to End Racehorse Cruelty, rescuing racehorse Charlie’s Quest when he was at imminent risk of breaking down on the track, and then providing two months of rehabilitative care prior to Greg's widow Alysoun adopting Charlie in September.
The Greg Fund partnered with Food for Thought – A Program of Animal Place to establish a new program arm focused on wildlife and environmental organizations. The partnership produced endorsements from 31 organizations with existing vegan or vegetarian menu policies and guided three new organizations to adopt vegan menu policies.