Your view: Time to rein in horse racing

- reports 2,000 horses die racing or training on American tracks each year, and thousands more are confined, whipped and drugged, suffering painful injuries.

This figure does not represent the horses that did not make the grade because they were not fast enough, got injured, as the majority are just very young – roughly the equivalent of a kindergartner, their bones are not fully developed.

Horse racing is described as an institutionalized exploitation of baby horses. Those no longer a profit are sold like junk in the back of the tracks, abandoned by their owners. The vast majority of the 15,000 “retired” racehorses are trucked to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico to be violently slaughtered and multiple thousands are strung-up and bled-out annually.

Horse racing is confinement and isolation, buying and selling, needles and syringes, bits and whips. And it is so very deadly. Hundreds more perish from what the industry craftily dismisses as ‘non-racing’ causes – things like colic and laminitis, or simply ‘found dead in stall.’

The U.S. horse-racing industry is engaged in wholesale carnage. Horse racing is an exploitation of a weaker species for $2 bets and frivolous entertainment.

Silvie Pomicter

Voice Of The Animals