Many people claim to love horses, yet choose to race them or attend horseraces. They say that the horses are happy and treated well, when in fact, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Horses are often drugged to make them run faster for longer without collapsing. Thousands of the horses that are bred for races are killed before making it to the racetrack and the ones that do become racehorses suffer an equally cruel fate. They are put onto a strict training regimen while they are only a few years old and kept in tiny stalls at night. The horses are overworked and often die from exhaustion or suffer severe injures. Losing horses are of no value to the exploitative industry and thus, are sent to slaughter abroad.
There are so many stories about horses who died immediately after finishing a race due to cardiovascular collapse or severe injuries that required euthanization such as broken bones and brain hemorrhaging. Two years ago, at a Southern California Thoroughbred racetrack, around 20 horses were put down over the span of two months. Last year, four horses were euthanized over the span of ten days at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course. In 2020 as a whole, there were hundreds of racehorse injuries and deaths.
In December 2020, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) was signed into law to end “blood doping” in horse racing. Blood doping is common practice that involves injecting oxygenated blood into an animal before a race to improve performance. It can lead to blood clots and other serious health complications. While HISA is a great step for horses and their welfare, more needs to be done. Using animals in a competitive sport is exploitative and the competition aspect leads people to value winning over their animal’s wellbeing. Animals do not exist to entertain us or for us to bet on; they should be treated with respect. We need to end the entire industry. Sign this petition to ban horse racing in the U.S.
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Protect Horses Used in Horse Racing During Temporary Shutdowns in Australia
- Demand that Ireland Feed Starving Abandoned Horses
- Outlaw the Use of Whips in Australian Horseracing
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