An open letter to the U.S. Congress

No HISA

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I write to ask you to vote "NO" on the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (HISA). The name given to legislation often masks its opposite, as you know. This is the case with HISA. I am all in favor of integrity and safety, but this bill would harm the horses and the horse industry in our state. The cost of imposing this new federal level of regulation onto an effective, existing system of state medication regulation is unknown. The federal bill simply provides for borrowing money to get started, after which racing participants will be billed for repayment plus an annual federal budget. It is unacceptable to impose these costs, which are undetermined but must be substantial, on our members, who are already paying for state regulation that will not be going away, and depend on harness racing to support their families. The extra cost would cause small operations to leave the industry. Veterinary science was not consulted in formulating the federal bill. The veterinary profession supports race-day Lasix, the only known therapeutic for exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. To deny this short-acting but effective therapeutic on the day of a horse's greatest athletic effort is inhumane. The bill, by its own language, confers governmental powers on a private corporation. It is private-interest legislation that does not deserve your support.

First sent on September 29, 2020 by United States Trotting Association

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