Death In The Fast Lane: Reaction to PeTA Exposé

Posted on March 28, 2014 by 

Written by:  Heather Clemenceau

peta-horses-arent-machinesIt used to be that phenylbutazone was what got a horse disqualified from a race. Dancer’s Image became the only winner in the Kentucky Derby’s 134-year history to be disqualified for using a banned substance, when bute was found in his urine sample after the race in 1968. Two years after Secretariat’s recordbreaking US Triple Crown took the sport to a new level of popularity, the breakdown and death of Ruffian brought on a new era of safety concerns.

Analysis of horse carcasses submitted to the CHRB Postmortem Program revealed that 40.9% of all fatal injuries occurred during racing and training in 3-4 year old racehorses. Injuries, unlike accidents, do not happen by chance. The science of injury prevention has demonstrated that injuries and the events leading up to injuries are not random. Like disease, they tend to follow a general pattern. Studying these patterns has made it possible to learn to predict and prevent injuries from occurring, Yet this type of knowledge is ignored when pitted against the profit incentive of racing.

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  1. Kathryn Syssoloff · ·

    I don’t care who it was who brought forward the crap that is going on at the tracks. WHO it was is not ISSUE. Stop trying to move the focus off the issue of young horses being horribly abused, torturous training and suffering because Trainers want that FKing WIN!!! Screw you!

  2. Laureen Godin · ·

    That is a very powerful photo “horses are not machines”.

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