Progress! The Ohio State Racing Commission is taking action to protect horses after hearing from PETA about an 8-year-old horse named Mox Nix who died on September 28 during a race in Belterra Park, Cincinnati. PETA had asked the commission to change the rules for allowing horses to walk and conduct a thorough investigation into the death of Mox Nix.
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Before the fatal race, Mox Nix was no longer competitive as of October 2016.
This gap of more than four years in his racing history suggests that he may have suffered from injuries or pre-existing conditions that should have been disclosed by the coaches in the veterinary records and identified during pre-race exams. PETA noted that Mox Nix only had two recorded training sessions that year, which could also suggest that he was suffering from veterinary problems that should have set off warning signs about his fitness to race.
We called on the Ohio State Racing Commission to review veterinary protocols for examining and examining horses that have been discharged from Belterra Park and other Ohio racetracks for a long time.
And good news– After receiving the letter from PETA and seeing a wave of concern from Twitter users and online activists elsewhere, the commission issued a statement that it would review and consider rule changes to protect horses following race dismissals, and announced an investigation into the death of Mox Nix.
Did you know that at least 56 horses reportedly died on the Ohio racetracks last year?
PETA reminded the Ohio State Racing Commission that simple but effective policy changes can help protect horse racing in the state.
PETA will continue to monitor the situation in Ohio to ensure these horse protection rules are updated.
Take action for horses in other states
In shocking video footage received by PETA, racehorse trainer Amber Cobb is seen yelling at, cursing, and hitting a young thoroughbred with a plastic pitchfork while the horse was tied to the back of a stable on a New Jersey farm. Cobb’s behavior frightened the horse so much that trying to flee it toppled over and landed hard on the ground.
This excessive punishment imposed by an angry coach is an issue of cruelty that goes beyond a simple rule violation and taints the “sport”. Anyone who abuses a horse and demonstrates a clear disregard of the racing rules should not race, train, or own horses. Please, together with PETA, call on all racing commissions to protect horses and to ban this trainer:
Request the racing commissions to revoke Cobb’s license