The New York State Gaming Commission (NYGSC) has completed its investigation into allegations by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) regarding the care of Thoroughbreds trained by Steve Asmussen and the final report is being completed, said Scott Palmer, VMD, Dipl. ABVP, the commission’s equine medical director.
During the commission’s Jan. 26 meeting, Palmer said the report was being completed but did not say when it would be released nor did he indicate what the report would say. Palmer said commission staff reviewed hundreds of pages of notes and nearly eight hours of video from PETA in compiling the report.
When the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission earlier this month cleared Asmussen and his assistant Scott Blasi of all charges brought by PETA, the Kentucky regulatory body said the online video PETA provided lasted only 22 minutes and 17 seconds. In expressing frustration with how PETA handled itself, the KHRC determined that the video had been highly edited. The animal rights group had suggested the video showed equine abuse at the Asmussen stable in 2013 at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.
The NYSGC members did not discuss the upcoming report nor ask Palmer any questions about it.
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