PETA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the
conviction of any individual who may have caused a rash of sudden deaths among thoroughbred horses in
California, currently being investigated by the California Horse Racing Board.
Acute, unexpected deaths are rare for thoroughbreds, but since
July 2011, at least 26 horses in California have died suddenly—seven of them from the barn of
prominent trainer Bob Baffert.
Horses die every day in racing from causes that are appallingly preventable, but these deaths are different. Necropsy reports show that at least one of the
horses suffered from massive internal bleeding from unknown causes, and others
reportedly died of apparent heart failure from unknown causes. An abrupt spike
in the number of sudden, unexplained deaths—followed by reportedly inconclusive necropsy results—inevitably raises concerns
about possible foul play.
What You Can Do
If you or someone you know has information about these
suspicious deaths, PETA wants to hear about it—and if that information results
in a conviction, it could earn the person who reported it both a $5,000 reward
and the satisfaction of knowing that the culprit or culprits will be held
accountable for these deaths. The
whistleblower hotline is 757-962-8383—all calls will be kept confidential.
To help eradicate even more suffering of horses used for
racing, speak out today.
Article source: PETA Files