Victory! Horse Trainer Barred From Racing in California

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Earlier this week, we asked you to urge the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to terminate harness racer Christopher Lefebvre’s license to race in the state because of his deplorable track record—he has a criminal conviction for cruelty to animals in Maine, among other charges. Thanks to all of you who responded to our action alert, the board has now done just that!

Like their cousins who are used in thoroughbred racing, many horses who are used in harness racing are treated as if they were equipment, and most “losers” are sent to slaughter.

Thanks to everyone who took action, and hats off to the CHRB for doing the right thing!

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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