Equine Rescue

WFLF Study Reveals Disturbing Number of U.S. Thoroughbreds Slaughtered Each Year

Information gathered from multiple sources

Wild for Life Foundation releases a  Case Study conducted on the number of Thoroughbreds that die at slaughter each year

Ginerous Legacy aka "Harley" racing TB rescued and adapted by Terry and R.T. Fitch through Habitat for Horses ~ photo by Terry Fitch

The case study is based on data published by the U.S. government and the Jockey Club. According to the study, an amount equal to 70% of the annual Thoroughbred foal crop, on average, die at slaughter each year.

The polls have shown that the vast majority of those in racing want an end to the transport of their horses to any slaughterhouse,” said Jo Anne Normile, founder of Saving Baby Equine Charity and CANTER, the first organization to take Thoroughbreds right from the track to safe havens. “But for every Secretariat, for every Seabiscuit, there are tens of thousands of racehorses whose experiences on the back lots of the country’s tracks tell a different story.

Without federal protection, aftercare programs cannot safeguard our horses from the harm of horse slaughter,” adds Katia Louise, President, Wild for Life Foundation. “It’s evident that more must be done by the industry, including a united stance supporting a federal ban on slaughter of horses for human consumption.”

Read more here including about Wild for Life

Foundation’s Saving America’s Horses Initiative which includes production of the hard hitting film, Saving America’s Horses.

This study showing the astonishing numbers of Thoroughbreds slaughtered each year should be a wake up call to racing and the horse industry.

Animal Law Coalition joins Wild for Life Foundation and Americans Against Horse Slaughter, in calling for an auditable and industry funded after care program for rehabilitation, retraining and adoption for horses whose racing careers are over. We also join in recommending that the leaders of the equine industry resolve to support vigorously the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and put an end to the travesty and tragedy of horse slaughter for human consumption.

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  1. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Jo Anne and Katia.

    I clicked on the “YouTube” icon in the lower right-hand corner of the 25-second ad spot (above) and was taken to the video on the YouTube URL.

    There, there’s a note from the Wild for Life Foundation asking viewers to “like” the video. Doing so helps the Saving America’s Horses film gain nationwide attention.

    So I hope all of R.T.’s readers can take an extra moment to do that. 🙂


  2. They really don’t want to understand that until they deal with this stinky issue, they will continue to lose people’s interest in spending money at the track.


      • everyone loves a good horserace. but when everyone has their eyes opened to the slaughter things will change. trackside visitors will stop going once they find out what’s happening to the horses. i hope the racing industry chokes on their blood money.


  3. Ahhh, in CA we passed a law in 1997 that prohibits the sale, give away, accepting, moving, transport etc any horse for slaughter of human consumption. The problem is…… the USDA does not ENFORCE THE LAW.


  4. well, well, horse racing capitol u.s.a. -and you wonder why the tornados are ravaging you!! wake up and stop the torment and destruction of these beautiful and loyal animals . i hate to hit you in the head with the Good Book, but take a hint!!– “Your destruction of animals will terrify you” fair warning from the Good Book.


  5. While I agree too many TB are going to slaughter I believe this study is flawed. The study does not have a count of registered TBs going to slaughter as those numbers are not available. Instead it counts TB type horses. Many breeds in the US are heavily crossed with TBs and register horses that are 7/8 and more TB. Even QH which register more than any other breed have many TB types in their registry including most of their longer distance racers. I would be surprised it half of the TB type horses were actually registered TBs. There were three times as many QHs identified as TBs and that is just the ones that looked like QH.


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