Researchers say over time horse side toes may have been lost to help them move faster and more efficiently. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

From backstretch to slaughterhouse, Fair Grounds horse deaths shouldn’t surprise

James Gill, writing for, states:

The death of four thoroughbreds in six race days at the Fair Grounds track in New Orleans, a couple of weeks after two quarter horses were put down at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, was not as shocking as it should have been.

Horse racing is a dangerous sport anywhere, but particularly in America, and most particularly at Santa Anita in California, where the third horse death in three days happened last Sunday. Since December 2018, 42 horses have died there.

They race stuffed with drugs that are banned elsewhere, for instance, and fatalities are more common on the dirt tracks favored here than they are on turf or artificial surfaces.

Lasix and bute are both verboten in England and Europe, and, after the spate of deaths at Santa Anita, many tracks, including the Fair Grounds, have formed a coalition and embraced various safety measures that include phasing out race day medications.


Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, located in New Orleans, is the third-oldest racetrack in the country.

Racehorse Slaughter

The Thoroughbred-racing industry sends an estimated 10,000 horses to slaughter annually, meaning that half of the 20,000 new foals born each year will eventually be killed for their flesh. Source: Peta (Jan. 2020).

4 thoughts on “From backstretch to slaughterhouse, Fair Grounds horse deaths shouldn’t surprise”

  1. Four (4) magnificent thoroughbred horses have their lives cruelly taken from them in just 6 days at a racetrack in the USA. And then another three (3) magnificent thoroughbred horses suffer horrible deaths in just 3 days at another track in the USA.
    This could happen in any racing jurisdiction across the world. How dare the horse racing industry continue to operate when it thinks NOTHING about killing these innocent defenceless horses purposely bred for its unethical industry. How bloody dare they. Sickening.

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    1. It is horrific. Yet they still wonder why horse racing has fallen so far from grace. One thing they are panicking about is how negatively it is impacting their bottom line. Racing will die in the U.S. because they are still trying to find a way to continue business as usual.

      How do Australians perceive their horse racing?


      1. From my observations, most Australians have a low opinion of horse racing. The ABC television exposes (for a number of years now) have shocked and their most recent expose of the Meramist slaughterhouse atrocities caused outrage and seriously damaged racing. Personally, I don’t think it will ever recover from that one. Sadly, the gambling keeps the industry going, so many are addicted to it and the prize money is outrageously lucrative, plus the industry’s marketing machine is very powerful enticing the uninformed young peope to dress up and party at the races. The governments are happy to take their slice of the gambling revenue for their budgets and they support racing e.g. $1.5million to build a new grandstand at Randwick and upgrade Rosehill (Sydney racetracks) several years ago, plus tax benefits galore to owners/investors in racing.

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