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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Discuss Racino License In Limbo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — State lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday to discuss changing the status of a Pennsylvania racino license that has been in limbo for years.

A racetrack project in Lawrence County has been stalled for 15 years, and it’s been ten years since the site has been eligible for a casino license. The House Gaming Oversight Committee met Wednesday to explore changing the status of the license to that of a standalone casino, which could increase the chance of getting that license operational somewhere in the state.

“At some point, stick a fork in it, it’s dead there at that location,” said Republican John Payne, chairman of the committee. “Let’s make it available and try again. Or we’ll listen to the casino owners that want to – there’s a few – that want to say ‘we don’t want any more licenses.’”

Meanwhile, a representative of the horse breeding industry urged lawmakers to keep the racetrack requirement for the license, noting that helping that industry was the original intent of the casino legislation.

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  1. Hank Maglio says:

    no animal race tracks in pennsylvania,,,,,boycott that industry,,,,//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////,,1. Horses die on the racetrack all the time. 11 horses have died at the Grand National Festival since 2011. Seven died at Cheltenham this year. Their deaths were traumatic and frightening, a stomach-churning mess of tangled limbs, fractured bones and broken spines.
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    2. Jockeys see horses as “replaceable”. Jockey Ruby caused a scandal with his comment on the death of Our Conor at Cheltenham: “You can replace a horse“. But his callous remark served only to highlight the widespread attitude within an industry that treats horses as commodities, not as sensitive, sentient animals.
    3. Horses are often on drugs. Drugs, both legal and illegal, are as ubiquitous at the racetrack as silly-looking hats are at Ascot. Horses are often drugged to mask their pain and keep them running when they should be resting or receiving treatment. Recently, for example, trainer Mahmood i was banned from racing for eight years after he doped horses with prohibited steroids at one of the world’s leading racing operations. Billboard
    4. Former race horses are “retired” to the slaughterhouse. According to Animal Aid, around 1,000 horses from the racing industry are killed in slaughterhouses in Britain every year, to be turned into dog food or horsemeat. Other horses may face horrific live export to Europe.
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    5. Aintree is one of the most deadly courses in the world. The infamous Becher’s Brook is known as the world’s most dangerous jump and has racked up many fatalities, yet authorities refuse to remove it. Racing 40 skittish horses at a time makes accidents still more likely, while the minor so-called “improvements” to the course are simply token gestures. It’s the very dangerousness of the race that draws in crowds and lines bookies’ pockets – while horses pay with their lives.

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