Polo Horses & Human Rights
Statement of Keith Dane, Director of Equine Protection for The Humane Society of the United States, on the Death of 21 Polo Ponies
(April 23, 2009)—"While we still await conclusive results of toxicology tests, The Humane Society of the United States extends its condolences to those affected by the tragic deaths of the Polo ponies of the Lechuza Caracas team at the U.S. Open Polo Championship in Wellington, Fla. last Sunday. While news reports suggest that this may have been a case of accidental overdose of a toxic substance, this does not lessen the grief of those who cared for and loved these animals, and the American public. This tragedy has brought to light the absence of drug policies and regulation within the sport of polo. There are no prohibitions or testing requirements for the use of drugs or other performance-enhancing substances. The HSUS calls on the authorities involved to continue to vigorously pursue this investigation and for the polo industry to use this tragedy as a catalyst to begin implementing reforms to ensure that policies are enacted and enforced that will ensure better protection for the horses in its care."
Update April 23
Pharmacy Admits Error In Preparing Supplement
How pathetic, and sad can the death of the polo horses be? Where are the Food & Drug Administration's controls? Who will look out to avoid other tragedies like this one?
The Florida Department of Agriculture announced a criminal investigation on the death of the innocent polo horses from Venezuela. "We want to make sure from a law enforcement standpoint that there was no impropriety ... no purposeful harm or laws violated in Florida," said Terence McElroy, spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which is handling the case with help from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
In Human Rights matters, Venezuelans are proud of the The Geneva Summit Manifesto of Human Rights Victims where Gonzalo Himiob Santome of Venezuela participated.
Attacks against journalists and news media will be reported to OAS, UN
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