Magna Racetracks Announce Anti-Slaughter Policy

Magna Entertainment Corp. has formally adopted a company-wide policy promoting the humane treatment of racehorses, the company announced Oct. 10.

Under the policy, any trainer or owner stabling at an MEC facility who directly or indirectly participates in the transport of a horse from a MEC facility to either a slaughterhouse or an auction house engaged in selling horses for slaughter will be prohibited from having stalls at any MEC facility.

The policy also applies to any actions related to the transport of a horse from a MEC facility where the ultimate intended result is a horse's slaughter.

The following tracks are owned and/or operated by MEC and its subsidiaries:

  • Golden Gate Fields; Albany, Calif.
  • Gulfstream Park; Hallandale Beach, Fla.
  • Laurel Park; Laurel, Md.
  • Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie; Grand Prairie, Texas
  • The Meadows; Meadow Lands, Pa.
  • Pimlico; Baltimore, Md.
  • Portland Meadows; Portland, Ore.
  • Remington Park; Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Santa Anita Park; Arcadia, Calif.
  • Thistledown; North Randall, Ohio

"MEC is extremely pleased to formally adopt a policy to further encourage the humane treatment of racehorses, Ron Charles, MEC chief operating officer and Santa Anita Park president, said in a statement. "We intend this to be one in a series of steps that will be taken in an effort to protect our equine athletes. Consistent with the long-standing vision of Frank Stronach and management at our racetracks, the policy signifies the company's strong intent to deal only with those trainers and owners who have the welfare of racehorses as their primary concern."

Said Stronach, MEC chairman and chief executive officer: "Since the inception of MEC, we have taken care to protect the health and safety of customers, workers, and equine athletes participating in activities at all of our facilities. The goal of the policy is to forewarn industry participants who participate in the slaughter of racehorses that they are not welcome at any of our facilities across the country. I hope other racetrack owners formally adopt similar policies."

Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston enacted a zero-tolerance slaughter policy earlier this year. Read more.  

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