A bill banning the slaughter of retired racehorses and racehorse breeding stock was signed into law today by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The ban goes into effect immediately; violations are a misdemeanor punishable by fines that will be dedicated to aftercare.
The measure also requires that racehorses be microchipped, and sets up tax incentives for aftercare donations. The new law applies to both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses.
NY Racing Association President & CEO David O'Rourke has said the legislation positions the state "as the national leader when it comes to responsibly protecting our retired racehorses.”