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24 horses die on racetracks every week

Injured horses are drugged to keep them running when they need rest. Horses are medicated with pharmaceuticals for conditions that they don’t have. They’re burned with chemicals, and forced to run at breakneck speeds for stands of rowdy spectators.

This is what the horse-racing industry calls “entertainment.”

But the horrors don’t stop on the racetrack. Once these intelligent animals are too worn down to race, thousands are transported in crowded livestock trailers—unable to move in cramped and subfreezing or sweltering conditions during a trip that can last up to 36 hours—to slaughterhouses where they’re killed and turned into food for humans or dogs.

You and I both know that no animal deserves this kind of horrific abuse. Fortunately, we have the power to stop it.

Make a generous donation of $5 or more to PETA today to help save horses and other animals from horrifying lives of cruelty and suffering.

It’s for “entertainment” that these sensitive horses suffer from shattered bones, torn tendons, and other ailments brought on by the exhausting life of constant racing—even as they’re drugged and forced to run despite their injuries and pain.

I know that with suffering this immense, it often feels like the situation is hopeless, that we can’t possibly rescue all these beautiful animals from their grisly fates.

But thanks to help from generous supporters like you, PETA has been able to win big victories, including the following, to save the lives of horses suffering in the entertainment industry:
Saving horses from abusive trainers. A recent PETA investigation exposed the abuse of horses by famed trainer Steve Asmussen. When the story broke, it made headlines and sparked public outrage over the horse-racing industry. Because of PETA’s work, Asmussen and his top associate are now under investigation by federal and state agencies and a prominent owner transferred dozens of horses he had with Asmussen to a different trainer. Asmussen’s name was also removed from the 2014 ballot for horse racing’s hall of fame. And significant drug reforms to protect horses have been announced by the Stronach Group, which owns leading racetracks in Maryland, Florida, and California.

Helping tired and ailing horses retire to a life of rest instead of being shipped to slaughter. With the support of more than 32,000 PETA members, we proposed the Thoroughbred 360 Lifecycle Fund, a comprehensive retirement program for horses in the racing industry. The Jockey Club—the organization that handles all racehorse registrations—and others in the racing industry are now implementing a retirement program, giving more weary horses the chance to spend the rest of their lives in peace instead of being killed in a slaughterhouse.

  1. narhvalur
    June 24, 2014 at 05:26

    The race horse industry is disgusting with doped horses never seeing a paddock with grazing etc. And I do talk as a person with experience of this disgrace to horses, as a former amateur jockey and trainer.

    • June 24, 2014 at 05:43

      Thanks for that confirming information.

  2. narhvalur
    June 24, 2014 at 05:26
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