AAEP President Comments on Horse-Racing Article in New York TimesBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · April 11, 2012
Dr. John Mitchell, president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, released a public statement in response to an article published in the New York Times that was extremely critical of the racing industry.
Mitchell’s statement said, “There should be no higher priority for the racing community than the health and safety of its equine and human athletes. Reducing equine injuries must be the primary focus of all who care for the horse—from racetrack management and regulators to the veterinarians and horsemen who work daily in the barns. The racing community has a fundamental obligation to provide the best of care and oversight for our horses, and there are efforts to fulfill this mission.”
The statement went on to list efforts that have been made to improve the care and safety of equine athletes. Examples of these programs include the creation of the injury database, certification of tracks through the Safety and Integrity Alliance, the establishment of aftercare programs for retired racehorses, and the dedication of millions of research dollars to equine health and safety.
As an organization whose mission is to promote the health and welfare of all horses, the AAEP is committed to offering its support and expertise to all phases of the racing industry, Mitchell said.