Lawmakers seek tougher horse slaughter ban

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GREENFIELD, N.Y. (AP) – Two state lawmakers will join the owner of a Kentucky Derby winner at an upstate ranch for retired thoroughbreds to announce stricter legislation aimed at preventing any horses from being shipped out of New York for slaughter.
    
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and Sen. Kathleen Marchione will be at the Old Friends at Cabin Creek in the Saratoga County town of Greenfield on Thursday morning to announce new legislation aimed at protecting horses from being sold for slaughter. The ranch is located near the Saratoga Race Course.
    
They'll be joined by Jack Knowlton, owner of 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, and others in the thoroughbred industry. The lawmakers say thousands of horses are taken to Canada or Mexico each year for slaughter and the meat shipped overseas for consumption.

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