There are some who hold that certain racing staples – drugging, whipping – are prosecutable offenses under state animal-cruelty statutes. Alas, we’re not holding our collective breath. Still, occasionally something comes along that is so egregious it practically begs for an arrest. Irish-born 3-year-old Floating Ballerino was raced Wednesday at Delaware Park. He “broke a step slowly…showed little” and finished last. The very next day – yes, the next day – he was forced onto the track again – in another state (Laurel in Maryland), no less. Two races in two days in two states.
Since Maryland was the second venue, let’s look at its relevant laws:
“A person may not: (1) overdrive or overload an animal; (3) inflict unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal.”
“A person may not: (3) commit an act that tends to interfere with, injure, destroy, or tamper with a horse used for racing…”
Anyone in the Maryland Attorney General’s office listening? The trainer’s name is Janet Elliot; the owner is Gregory Hawkins. Act like you care.