HORSE RACING DEATHS
SITUATION: (September 2021)
The Killing Fields Count: Dead Racehorses at the Various Tracks (505 – and counting):
Deaths keep occurring even after new regs & processes at U.S. Tracks.
The so called “System” is not going to stop racing young horses or under 6 years of age.
From posting – “End the Subsidized Abuse and Killing of Horses in Pennsylvania”
STOP Doing This List of Abuses:
Grinding of Unformed Bodies: Young, would-be racehorses are thrust into intensive training at 18 months – years before their bodies are fully developed. On the maturation chart, these equine babes are the rough equivalent of kindergartners.
Confinement and Isolation: Racehorses, innately social and herd-oriented, are kept locked – alone – in tiny 12×12 stalls for over 23 hours a day. Cruelty, defined.
Negation: Practically all the horse’s natural instincts and desires are thwarted, creating an emotional and mental suffering that is brought home with crystal clarity in the stereotypies commonly seen in confined racehorses – cribbing, bobbing, weaving, pacing, digging, kicking, even self-mutilation.
Control and Subjugation: Horseracing is lip tattoos, nose chains, lip chains, blinkers, tongue ties, cribbing collars, mouth bits, and, of course, whips.
Drugging and Doping: Racehorses are incessantly injected, legally and otherwise, with myriad performance-enhancing, injury-masking, and pain-numbing chemicals.
Commodification: By law, racehorses are literal chattel. They are ever being bought, sold, traded, and dumped – a stressful, tenuous existence that in and of itself causes pain. In fact, studies show that up to 90% of racehorses suffer from chronic ulcers.
“This does not surprise me in the least,” “The killing is built into the system.”-
—Patrick Battuello, an activist who runs the New York state-based website HorseRacingWrongs.org.
“Horse deaths at Parx Racing are on pace to surpass 2019′s fatalities” –