PETA protesters stage a Die-In against seal hunting with one protester draped in a white fur coat donated by Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, at Canada House on March 31, 2009 in London, England.

Would you join in a “die in” protest for horses?

I was searching the internet for images to illustrate a post when I came across some pictures of “die in” protests like this one.

Photo Credit: Getty Images. Protesters stage a die-in protest with gas masks and teddy bears at an anti-pollution rally outside the Department for Transport in London, England to highlight the dangers of polluted air poses to people and childrens health.
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Protesters stage a die-in protest with gas masks and teddy bears at an anti-pollution rally outside the Department for Transport in London, England to highlight the dangers of polluted air poses to people and childrens health.

A die-in, sometimes known as a lie-in, is a form of protest in which participants simulate being dead. Die-ins are a tactic that has been used by a variety of protest groups including animal rights activists, peace activists, human rights activists, AIDS activists, gun control activists and environmental activists.

As you can see, this is not your average type of protest.

How about this? No matter what else you think about them, nobody does protesting quite like PETA.

Photo Credit: Getty Images. Peta Demo 'Die-In' - Supporters Wear Nothing More Than Bullhorns And Bloodied Paint With Banderilla Spears Pinned To Their Backs Outside The Spanish Embassy, In London.
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PETA Demo ‘Die-In’ – Supporters Wear Nothing More Than Bullhorns And Bloodied Paint With Banderilla Spears Pinned To Their Backs Outside The Spanish Embassy, In London.

So, can you imagine yourself doing this to help our wild horses? Or raise awareness about horse slaughter? Horse racing? Horse soring? PMU horses?

Describe what you think a die-in protest on any horse issue might look like. If we can come up with a grand enough idea and can raise the money to stage it, we will do it. We would love to do it.

Where should we do it? How about Washington which is only slightly less challenging than New York.

There are protests there on a daily basis in Washington but I think something like this would get some decent attention. We would video it of course and to give it lots of extra mileage.

How about a “You Bet. They Die” die-in protest in Louisville or Lexington?

These are just a couple of examples to get your thinking cap on and for illustration purposes only. Thank you.


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PETA protesters stage a Die-In against seal hunting  at Canada House in London, England. Photo Credit: See more at Getty Images.

10 thoughts on “Would you join in a “die in” protest for horses?”

  1. There are some really great ideas here. Thank you for taking the time to share them. We would like to do several “die-ins”.

    Insofar as horse racing, I actually worked in the industry and even with what I witnessed, I still went through a period of time where I thought reform was possible. But the inhumanity and greed has escalated to such a scale that we have chosen — as many others now have — to take an abolitionist stance. It all just needs to stop.

    Tracks are closing. We are on our way. We must keep up public pressure.

    Let’s try to encourage people to see that this is necessary and the only way to free racehorses from a life of torment and pain with very little hope of having any sort of life beyond it if they happen to survive.

    Remember, no matter how well “it is run” in other countries slaughter is how the industry gets rid of the horses it has used up or no longer wants.

    See Jane Allin’s Racing Through the Slaughter Pipeline and more at:
    http://www.horsefund.org/horse-racing-resources.php

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  2. How about a die in protest at Oregon State university over the proposed research experiments to perform spay surgeries on 225 PREGNANT mares! Abortion of foals, death of mares, mutilations, inhumane experiments, etc!!

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  3. Let’s get a permit and do it. People can self fund and meet at the assigned place. We all just need to follow the parameters of the permit.

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  4. As for horse racing, imo, HB 3084 is a good starting point, and it should be supported. As a Kentuckian, I support horseracing, especially the Derby, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t also support reform. If I had my way, there would be no Lasix; young horses should never get it; it compromises their bones; older horses who bleed regularly probably should be retired. The worst abuse, however, is all the illegal drugs which are given to enhance performance. International racing is drug-free; American racing can be too. We would see FAR LESS breakdowns.

    I am less supportive of the minor tracks in this country, where I feel that conditions are not good, and horses are run ’til they are just “worn out.”
    I also support organizations like Second Stride who take horses from the track and retrain them for other careers.

    The horse in my view is priority #1.

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    1. Suzanne, you are wrong as usual. I just don’t understand why you post on a site that is against the mayhem of horse racing. Why? Get on the Baffert bus and stop wasting everyone’s time here. You really make no sense. A little bit of poison is still poison. The HB 3084 bill is not a good starting point. You don’t start with watered down rules and regulations. I bet you haven’t even read the bill and have no clue about the illusion of safety and regulation. You really sicken me.

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      1. I would have given your comments credence were it not for the first and last sentence. I see rude comments like this frequently and wonder what people think they accomplish. Even if you should be right all this kind of language does is the recipient focusing on the insult, not the content. Sad that you make yourself irrelevant because of such lack of respect

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        1. If I weren’t relevant, you wouldn’t be engaging me. Irrelevant Irene? Just passionate and convicted about the deaths of the innocent. I’ve dealt with your type and the Suzanne Hursts for years about the facts and truths of horse racing and animal cruelty. The issues have been debated, discussed, protested. Luke warm, nice people don’t bring about the kind of change needed to collapse an industry of pure greed, exploitation, and stupidity. Irene, it’s time to align yourself with the truth and choose a side because there is a war on to protect animals against exploitation and human glory and gain. There is no in between. You are either for animal welfare or you are not. I don’t respect enablers of death. You are right about that.

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  5. I’d say DC would be the best place to get attention. Something akin to the seal protest would be good; participants would wear horse masks. I think that horse slaughter should be the focus of the first “die-in.” It gets less attention than other issues, and affects more horses.

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  6. The best place for this is DC. Why? Because this is where federal legislation can control the outcome of what’s happening across America with the cruelty and slaughter of horses in all 50 states.

    Second, I believe the Kentucky Derby is another great place to effect change and send a loud and clear visual message.

    Third, I believe Santa Anita Race Track (The Great Race Place as they call it) is an outstanding place. Why? Because it is known for the trainers, jockeys, and horses that have made news in the horse racing industry for a number of years.

    CALIFORNIA sets the stage for a number of movements and protests that effect the entire country. California is Hollywood! People are addicted to Hollywood and believe it’s the MAIN EVENT! Trust me, I live here and deal with it every day.

    I know it’s not just about horse racing but horse racing is sports (or has been labeled that way although its barbarism) and once the attention is focused on sports then the rest of the mayhem to do with horse cruelty and slaughter for meat, etc. is EXPOSED!

    I’m in — just need a team and support to make it happen! We’re running out of time, especially with the wrong HB 3084 (Tonka/Barr) that’s going to pass basically endorsing the cruelty of horse racing with a few rules to give people the illusion that this barbarism is a true sport, legal, and A-OK.

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