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Horse Racing is Animal Abuse? You Bet.

May 05, 2017 | horse racing / animal abuse / Horses

It’s easy to get distracted by the hype and glamour of the Kentucky Derby, dubbed “the most exciting two Minutes in sports,” and always scheduled for the first Saturday in May, and to forget about what happens all the horses who don’t make it to this race or the other Triple Crown races, The Preakness and The Belmont.

That’s why Friends of Animals recommends reading Saving Baby, written by Jo Anne Normile, a former race horse owner once seduced by the racing industry before tragedy struck. Saving Baby is a scathing expose of the industry, which inevitably is a pipeline to slaughter. For every Seabiscuit, there are tens of thousands of racehorses whose experiences on the back lots of the country's tracks tell a different, often harrowing, story, and Normile, who has since created two horse rescue organizations, is brave enough to share that story.

The best way to combat the atrocities of this industry is to boycott it altogether and to support worthwhile horse rescue organizations, like CANTER, the first organization to take Thoroughbreds right from the track to safe havens and which now has chapters across the country; and Saving Baby Equine Charity (, for which Normile currently serves as president.

Each year with more than 60,000 horses competing on race tracks annually, there ar e a lot of “losers” who are forced to “retire” every year at a fraction of their entire lifespan. The Unwanted Horse Coalition estimates that there are 170,000 unwanted horses in the United States annually.

The average race horse competes for seven years, enduring grueling training, painful injuries and constant drugging. That’s if they don’t die from all of the above, first. Since profits are the priority, not animal welfare, horses are drugged so they can race even when injured. A New York Times article listed the most common ways used to enhance a race horse’s performance: bronchodilators to widen air passages, hormones to increase oxygen-carrying red blood cells, cone snail or cobra venom injected into a horse’s joints to ease pain and stiffness, and a "milkshake" of baking soda, sugar, and electrolytes delivered through a tube in the horse’s nose to increase carbon dioxide in the horse’s bloodstream and lessen lactic-acid buildup, warding off fatigue.

Use your voice to stand up for race horses and spread the word.



Stop this cruel sport now!


Animals should not be used for entertainment or sport. Racing is a very cruel and abusive industry.

Horse racing is not a sport! It's horrific! End this horrific act and the way it treats the horses!

Strongly do not support horse racing

Would love to see the end of this industry. Also want to see the end of horse-drawn carriage businesses; sporting events using horses, such as polo and steeplechase events; horses being used to turn machinery for children's rides; rodeos; circuses; parade events; and all other sporting events and entertainment activities where horses are exploited, abused and/or mistreated.

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