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US Congressmen Introduce Bill To Ban Drugs In Racing
Senators Tom Udall (Democrat) & Ed Whitfield (Republican) introduced historic federal legislation into the US Congress overnight "authorising penalties for those caught using performance-enhancing drugs in racehorses" reported bloodhorse.com. The Federal Trade Commission "would enforce the provisions of the bill" which calls for: a 1st violation fine of at least US$5,000 & a suspension of at least 180 days; a 2nd violation fine not less than US$20,000 & a suspension not less than 1 year; & a 3rd violation fine not less than US$50,000 & a permanent ban from horse racing. The 2 senators declared in a joint statement: "Chemical warfare is rampant on American racetracks & unlike other countries, our law does not reject this unscrupulous practice. A racehorse has no choice when it comes to using performance-enhancing drugs; but this legislation takes away that option from those who would subject these magnificent animals to such abuse for gambling profit. Those involved in horse racing will have to play by the rules or face getting kicked out of the sport."