Evidence of horses being sent to slaughter
Each year thousands of racehorses who are not fast enough to compete are sent to slaughterhouses; their meat used in ‘pet food’ or for human consumption. Using clever marketing tactics the industry hopes the public will forget the explosive evidence of mass horse slaughter and cruelty. Following the 2019 exposé, the industry responded with feigned shock that horses were ending up at slaughterhouses – but it was revealed that the industry knew about the killings and that horses were being sold directly to kill buyers by horse racing trainers.
Horses are being overbred and many are deemed ‘wastage’
The horse racing breeding process is ruthless. In hopes of finding a rare ‘champion’, thousands of horses are born into the industry only to ‘disappear’ if they don’t win enough races to turn a profit. This overbreeding problem is not one the industry wants to talk about, because addressing overbreeding will mean cutting into its hefty gambling profits.
While the industry touts its establishment of a fund that it purports will help ‘support the wellbeing of racehorses across all stages of their lives’, it must know that while breeding numbers remain high, caring for all bred horses through all stages of their lives is in fact impossible. There are simply not enough homes for the several thousands of unwanted horses.
Mass horse slaughter has long been accepted by the horse racing industry as the ‘cost of doing business’.
And for the few who ‘make it’…
This industry, while claiming to ‘love horses’, continues to defend the practices of whipping exhausted animals and using barbaric ‘tongue ties’. Such practices highlight how unnatural racing is for horses – if horses love to run at such speeds, why would whips be used at all, and why would tongue ties be required to prevent them from choking?
For a large proportion of those who make it to the racetrack, the exertion of racing leads them to bleed into their lungs and windpipe (called Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage). A study carried out by the University of Melbourne found that 50% of racehorses had blood in the windpipe, and 90% had blood deeper in the lungs.