What The Hell?: Winning Racehorse Tests Positive For Meth (And PETA Is Involved)

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I’m offended as both a sports gambler and animal lover.

After a recent victory, a racehorse tested positive for methamphetamine — yes, meth. And to nobody’s surprise, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is involved, calling for a permanent ban on the trainer.

The horse, named Gardy’s Legacy, won a harness race at Ohio’s MGM Northfield Park on Sept. 3 at the MGM Northfield Park before testing positive for a banned substance, according to Cleveland’s Fox 8. The substance in question was D-methamphetamine, a Class 1A offense, the outlet noted.

Samuel Shillaci, the trainer for Grady’s Legacy, was suspended for one year by the Ohio State Racing Commission and fined $1,000. (RELATED: Lunatic PETA Is Going After The University Of Georgia For Their Legendary Mascot In The Most Disgusting Way Imaginable)

But PETA isn’t satisfied with the punishment, demanding that Shillaci be banned for life.

“This small administrative fine and suspension aren’t commensurate with such a serious violation,” PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo said in a statement. “Administering meth endangers a horse’s life, and trainers who treat a horse so callously will do the same to others, too. The commission should consider not only the safety of Gardy’s Legacy … but also that of all the other horses in Schillaci’ barn.”

“Those who demonstrate such cruelty even one time show a clear disregard for the regulations and shouldn’t be granted the privilege of competing in your state ever again,” she continued. “By permanently barring Schillaci from competing in Ohio, you would create a safer environment for all participants.”

Sadly for PETA, the Ohio State Racing Commission told Fox 8 that the one-year suspension is the most they can do.

I gotta say, in this case I have to side with PETA, despite them being a bunch of kooks … what kind of jerk gives a horse meth?