Some time during mid-january, hearings on a new bill, intended to stop the misuse of drugs in racehorses, will be held in the U.S. Senate. The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) wholeheartedly supports the bill and, in fact, worked with the American Horse Protection Association as one of the co-authors of its specific provisions. But to many sectors of the racing industry, the bill is anathema. They believe that enactment of this legislation will surely spell financial ruin for the racetracks of America, given the costs that will be entailed in foregoing the alleged benefits of drugs, and in setting up the drug analysis labs which will be a required part of checking to make sure that no unsound horse enters a race temporarily fortified by pharmaceuticals.
Murphy, D. (1982). Horse racing and drug abuse: Untangling the issues involved. International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems, 3(1), 14-19.