By Robert Gearty | Fox News The deaths of the horses due to catastrophic injuries suffered in training and during races over the short period of time have alarmed horsemen and racing fans and led to a renewed focus on the racing industry’s long-standing problem with drugs–both legal and […]
By Eric Sondheimer and Nathan Fenno as published on The LA Times “The move, believed to be without precedent in North American racing, came hours after the 22nd horse died at Santa Anita since Dec. 26…” In response to a baffling surge of horse deaths at Santa Anita […]
Santa Anita’s Current Killing Season Is No Anomaly – It Averages 50 Dead Racehorses Annually, Almost 600 Dead Since 2007
Source: Re-blogged from Patrick Battuello of Horseracing Wrongs According to official CHRB statistics, in the 11-year period 7/1/07-6/30/18 Santa Anita averaged 50 dead race horses annually In the wake of 23 dead horses since Christmas, Santa Anita cancelled racing yesterday and is closed indefinitely. But let’s identify this […]
by Daniel Ross as published on The Guardian The US racing industry has stepped up its game significantly when it comes to re-homing its retired equine athletes in recent years, but there’s still plenty of work to be done Dina Alborano rescues ex-racehorses bound for slaughter. A savvy […]
Source: By Valerie Hauch as published in thespec.com “A shared story of insight, love and success for our ‘Feel Good Sunday’ installment, today. Keep the faith.” ~ R.T. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “He’s special and he knows it!” To look at him now — a sleek chestnut Thoroughbred who flies over […]
Rebloged from the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition The CHDC provides evidence of phenylbutazone entering the human food chain in Proof of CFIA Failure On December 11, 2012, Jack Rodolico of Latitude News reported on the story of Silky Shark, a Standardbred racehorse who was slaughtered and slipped through […]
reprinted from the CBC News Race industry blames provincial government policy ending slots at tracks for leaving it no choice An equine veterinarian near Windsor, Ont., says thousands of horses have been slaughtered for meat in the wake of Ontario’s decision to end the Slots at Racetracks Program. […]
The sad demise of former racehorse Beau Jacques will upset any horse lover.
Here was a thoroughbred gelding who, at five, was at the end of his racing career.
Owner Kevin Patterson had spent $US1000 in veterinary care to help Beau Jacques over a tendon injury suffered on March 29 last year, in the first step in getting him right for a new career after racing.
Kelsey Elva Lefever, 24, met with Patterson in May and held out the promise of a bright future for Beau Jacques.
Over the past several days a dreadful news story has broken about one of the largest Equine Rescues in the world, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, willfully and without explanation allowing the care of some 1,000+ horses deteriorate to the point of starvation and death. Well funded but grossly mismanaged the organization unraveled with the horses, who were promised a comfortable and painless retirement, getting the bitter short end of the stick.
Mark Cramer likes lost causes, and in America’s slaughterhouse-bound, retired racehorses, he has certainly found one. These are the rejects, the horses who are either too slow or too infirm to win a meaningful amount of money on the racetrack or be sent to a cushy life on a breeding farm somewhere. Hardly anyone cares about them and the racing industry does little to protect them, which is why an appallingly high number of retired thoroughbreds are shipped each year to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada to be butchered for their meat.