and Disarray at America’s Racetracks”—this
New York Times headline says it all.
the findings of the newspaper’s lengthy investigation into thoroughbred and
quarter horse racing confirm what racing insiders have been telling us about
their industry since Eight Belles died at the 2008 Kentucky Derby: Racing is a
chemical-dependent industry in which too many people shrug off the casualties
and turn their backs on the deaths of horses.
The New York Times has quantified the destruction:
On average, 24 horses die
each week at racetracks across America. Many are inexpensive horses racing with
little regulatory protection in pursuit of bigger and bigger prizes. These
deaths often go unexamined, the bodies shipped to rendering plants and landfills
rather than to pathologists who might have discovered why the horses broke
down. . . . [A]n investigation by The New York Times has found that industry
practices continue to put animal and rider at risk. A computer analysis of data
from more than 150,000 races, along with injury reports, drug test results and
interviews, shows an industry still mired in a culture of drugs and lax
regulation and a fatal breakdown rate that remains far worse than in most of
Our own investigations into thoroughbred export, breeding,
auction abuses show that the
racing industry in America has put the safety of the horses—who provide the industry with its income—at the bottom of its priority list when the animals’
safety should be at the top.
suggestion? Stay away from the track, and take action in our efforts to help these horses.
Article source: PETA Files