ESPN will air a special segment of E:60, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7 pm, on the slaughter of racehorses taking place in the Miami area of Florida to supply the black market demand for horse meat for human consumption.
“Inside the Horse Meat Black Market” airs the week of the Kentucky Derby to draw attention to the plight of the percentage of racehorses who end their days illegally slaughtered.
The E:60 special will highlight the dramatic rescue of Freedom’s Flight by Richard “Kudo” Couto during undercover operations that exposed these horrific crimes, eventually leading to a state law criminalizing the slaughter of horses in this manner. Freedom’s Flight is a Thoroughbred racehorse and grandson of the legendary Secretariat.
Still largely unknown to the public and described as racing’s “dirty secret”, a portion of Thoroughbreds too slow or no longer fit to race are cast off by their owners and trainers and sent to slaughter in licensed plants to supply horse meat to gourmet diners in Europe and Japan.
Kudo is the founder and president of ARM, the Animal Recovery Mission, and a volunteer for the South Florida SPCA. As of September 1, 2010, Kudo has been instrumental in shutting down more than 75 farms illegally butchering horses for human consumption. The fight continues with 150 known farms remaining, according to ARM’s website.
E:60 is ESPN’s prime-time newsmagazine featuring profiles, investigations and cutting-edge stories on emerging and established sports. E:60 airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN through May 10.