In light of the “instant racing, historic gambling, video slot machines,” which the legislature repealed and the Guv vetoed we immediately concluded there was a computer problem.
Not so. In a document worthy of the toughest New York Times crossword puzzle, the folks at the racing commission tell us the commission has “CONFIRMED that Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) has been confirmed in horses in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona in the last week.”
Any livestock (equine, bovine, porcine, caprine, ovine, or cervidae) entering Idaho for live racing have to be inspected.
The GUARDIAN spent some time on the interwebnet and found some enlightenment for you non-library types.
VESICULAR–Anatomy & Zoology, a small fluid-filled bladder, sac, cyst, or vacuole within the body.
STOMATITIS–inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth.
EQUINE–(Horse), BOVINE (cow), PORCINE (pig), CAPRINE (goat), OVINE (sheep), CERVIDAE (deer).
First it was the legislature and the Indians that threatened the existence of live horse racing, now it’s mouth blisters in out-of-state horses.
Lobbyist for the Indians, Bill Roden told the GUARDIAN, “As long as it’s parimutuel, all those animals can probably race each other legally.”
The release follows:
THE PRESS RELEASE
Effective immediately, the Idaho State Racing Commission and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture is requiring the following for Live Race Meets in Idaho from horses being imported from states where VSV has been diagnosed:
Any livestock (equine, bovine, porcine, caprine, ovine, or cervidae) entering Idaho from a premises where vesicular stomatits has been diagnosed within the last thirty (30) days shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection dated within fourteen (14) days of entry containing the following statement:
“All animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from Vesicular Stomatitis. During the last thirty (30) days, these animals have neither been exposed to VS nor located within an area where VS has been diagnosed.”
Any horses traveling from a state with a confirmed case of Vesicular Stomatitis MUST call for an entry permit prior to shipment. To obtain an entry permit, contact the Idaho Race Racing Commission Veterinarian, Dr. Scott Leibsle at (208) 608-4719.
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