Horse racing community says decision could close track and send some horses to slaughter.

Future of Sudbury Downs uncertain in wake of OLG decision

CBC News

Posted: Mar 16, 2012 11:26 AM ET

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2012 11:22 AM ET

About a half-dozen horse trailers were parked in front of Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci’s office Friday morning. Members of the racing community brought their horses downtown to protest against the Ontario Lottery and Gaming announcement that it will end its slot machine contract with racetracks — including Sudbury Downs.

Paul Maclean, a driver at Sudbury Downs, took part in a protest outside Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci's office on Friday. Horsemen like him are against the provincial government's decisions to stop the slots-for-racing program and pull the machines from racetracks. (Megan Thomas/CBC)

They said, if the decision stands, the horse racing industry will die — and so too will many of the horses that are now a part of horse racing in the province.

Some horses will be sent to slaughter if racing stops, the horsemen say.

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  1. shirley smith · ·

    These racehorses deserve a life after racing and can be adopted out instead of talking about slaughter for them, they can retrain to do just about anything the new owners want them to do, so give them a chance don’t kill them!!!! They must have a second chance slaughter is out of the question!!!!!

  2. 2fasthorses · ·

    80% of thoroughbreds go to slaughter so where is the justice in racing them until they can no longer profit their owners? These horses do great in other careers such as hunter/jumpers, pleasure horses,

  3. Either way most of these horses would end up at slaughter! These horses are paying their bills & this is the best they can come up with! Revolting….A true horse lover would come up with better solutions than this!


    hoofhearted, you couldnt have explained it better BANG RIGHT ON. Those horsemen who claim to be so concerned about their Horses, did not put one penny aside for a fund to retire the animals they shot up to enhance performance and ran into the ground. As for slaughter they are well aware of the horrible deaths their animals face, yet instead of doing the RESPONSIBLE thing and have a Veterinarin HUMANELY put down their Horses, they opt to sell their animals to the lowlife killbuyer.
    Unfortunately its the horsemen who turned this industry into a seedy inhumane sport ,and it should also be recognized this was done with the assistance of MANY IN THE VETERINARY COMMUNITY AS WELL.

  5. hoofhearted · ·

    Funny how the closing of the slots causes horsemen to race on down and protest saying that if the slots close horses could be sent to slaughter. They never seem to come out and protest against the countless number of horses that have already been through the racetrack system and end up in the slaughter pipeline. How did having the slots save horses from slaughter????? No they are shipped for meat either way( slots or no slots)
    It’s not the horses they’re worried about, it’s the almighty $$$$$$$$$$$
    Now they want to speak out and use that to guilt people.
    Closing the slots could be the best thing that ever happened for FUTURE HORSES.. Less racetracks, less horses being bred and pounded into the ground and less horses heading for slaughter once they can no longer perform.
    Did having the slots spare many horses from being sent to slaughter over the past 10 years??? NOT AT ALL
    GREED GREED GREED is the bottom line. . None of that $$$ goes to give those horses a retirement.

    1. 2fasthorses · ·

      Amen! The breeders and owners should be required to donate a percentage of their profits to retiring the thoroughbreds they overbreed and over race for their profits!
      In memory of Eight Belles…

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