Where are 3,000 horses going each year CPR asks NZ Thoroughbred racing

Racehorses take a turn on the grass in New Zealand

PRESS RELEASE | COALITION FOR THE PROTECTION OF RACEHORSES (27 May 2020) — The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) have compiled a report on the number of thoroughbred horses vanishing from New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) each year and the numbers are staggering. Read here. In January 2020, NZTR issued a complaint against the… Continue reading Where are 3,000 horses going each year CPR asks NZ Thoroughbred racing

At Grass

— A Poem by Philip Larkin The eye can hardly pick them outFrom the cold shade they shelter in,Till wind distresses tail and main;Then one crops grass, and moves about– The other seeming to look on –And stands anonymous again Yet fifteen years ago, perhapsTwo dozen distances surficedTo fable them : faint afternoonsOf Cups and Stakes… Continue reading At Grass

Ky Thoroughbred industry refers to breeding as assembly line production

Protective Thoroughbred mare and young foal huddle together in pasture.

Check out this tweet. How do you feel about comparing the production of horses to the assembly line production of automobiles? https://twitter.com/KentuckySports/status/1243954447325282305?s=20

Thoroughbred horses are increasingly inbred

Mare and Foal. GERARD LACZ/MINDEN PICTURES

By ELIENE AUGENBRAN Inbreeding in Thoroughbreds has increased significantly in the last 45 years, with the greatest rise in the last 15 or so years. Every Thoroughbred horse alive today is descended from three stallions and a larger selection of mares in 17th and 18th century England. Since then, no horses outside this lineage have… Continue reading Thoroughbred horses are increasingly inbred

Most modern horses come from just two ancient lineages

Mare and Foal. GERARD LACZ/MINDEN PICTURES

Two major lineages are responsible for almost all modern horses: The Arabian horses from the Arabian Peninsula and the now-extinct Turkoman horses from the Eurasian Steppe say researchers.

Hearing set for Horseracing Integrity Act

Sam Rayburn House, Washington, D.C.

When and Where Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. ETU.S. House of RepresentativesEnergy & Commerce CommitteeSubcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce2322 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Scheduled Speakers • Marty Irby , Executive Director, Animal Wellness Action • William M. Lear Jr., Vice Chairman, The Jockey Club • Joe De Francis, Humane Society… Continue reading Hearing set for Horseracing Integrity Act

The Horseracing Integrity Act and the future of horse racing

Historic twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Abbie Myers.

The Bloodhorse magazine reports: The Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754), introduced in March by Congressman Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican, and Congressman Paul Tonko, a New York Democrat, has gained additional support from the House of Representatives, with 226 members now co-sponsoring the legislation.The bill received co-sponsorship from a majority of the House in mid-December.… Continue reading The Horseracing Integrity Act and the future of horse racing

More Santa Anita killings

Three lit candles against black background.

Another racehorse died Saturday at Santa Anita Park, making it the second horse to be euthanized at the park in two days. The 5-year-old gelding, Uncontainable, was "humanely euthanized" after suffering a fractured right front ankle, according to an incident alert on the race track's website. Another horse, a 6-year-old gelding named Harliss, was also… Continue reading More Santa Anita killings

RSPCA NSW admits it sends racehorses to slaughter

RSPCA NSW racehorses are sent to slaughter reports the Daily Mail.

This is yet another alarming report. Perhaps you have seen it already. It is the nature of our work that we see and hear all sorts of disgustingly cruel and morally corrupt stories. Some make the headlines. A lot do not. It has been quite awhile since we have seen something like this. It is… Continue reading RSPCA NSW admits it sends racehorses to slaughter

Horse Racing — Injury, death and slaughter fueled by gambling

Dead racehorse. Source: Pinterest.

What the Raced to Death video report by Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel does not mention is what fuels the so-called "sport" of horse racing. In a word — gambling. It is the people who gamble on horse racing who sponsor racehorse abuse, doping, breakdowns and death on the track, and thousands of racehorses at… Continue reading Horse Racing — Injury, death and slaughter fueled by gambling