Strong action needed over animal doping
While it's welcome news that trainer Ben Currie has received a hefty fine for doping a horse before race day, this incident should not be examined in isolation.
It's not uncommon for trainers and veterinarians to use both legal and illegal drugs in order to try to force horses to run faster.
Unusual substances, such as cobra venom, are sometimes injected into horses and animals subjected to 'milk shaking' - pumping sodium bicarbonate and sugar into their stomach.
To eliminate this kind of abuse, trainers, owners, veterinarians and others who use illegal substances - or who misuse drugs to a horse's detriment - must be not only fined, but also banned from participating in racing.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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