President and co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Thoroughbreds: From Elite to Meat
Posted: 05/ 5/11 09:07 AM ET
There’s no question that four-time Super Bowl winner Terry Bradshaw is a champion, but, vested interest aside, why is he talking up an industry in which even winners are losers?: horse racing. Footballers can retire with money in the bank, but ten thousand castoff athletes who are thoroughbred racehorses in the U.S. will meet their end with a bolt to the brain this year alone. But first, they will have to travel in cramped tractor-trailers, all the way to Mexico or Canada, before they get the chop. For horses, who are high-strung and nervous to begin with, the stress of “killer” auctions and the journey to slaughter is a nightmare.
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