“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”
Dalai Lama XIV
Equine Right To Life (ER) members and our friends are
united as horse pro-lifers
And They're Off (to slaughter)
The Tragic Life Of The Majority Of Race Horses
The fate of racehorses after racing
is one of the industry’s dirtiest and best-kept secrets.
In the old days ... that was when racing was a Sport.
There was a time when race horses were admired and adored for their athletism. Fans would follow their favorite
race horses careers and race horses were revered even after their careers had ended. That was when racing was a Sport.
In this century ...
race horses are commodities to be used, abused and slaughtered.
When was the last time that you went to the races and recognized a horse's face from a previous race? Proably never. Race horses have short lives (most
have broken down from injuries, stress, abuse, drugs) in less than three years. Racing is no longer a Sport, Racing is Business guided by greed and profit.
The profit line is the only thing that matters and the horses wellbeing and quality of life is irrelevant.
Even Race Horses that were Kentucky Derby Winners such as Ferdinand,
Charismatic, War Emblem ended up tortured to their
dying breadth in slaughter houses although they had more than earned
enough for a decent retirement for themselves and their owners as well amassed enormous fortunes for many people
from the horses racing days.
The race horse's tragic and short-lived life
Canada's horse slaughter industry is among the largest in the world, rivalling only China in the amount of equine meat it produces.
In fact, Canada is fast earning the reputation of becoming the horse slaughter capital of the world. In addition to equines slaughtered in this country, Canada also exports tens of thousands of live equines to be slaughtered in countries like Japan.
In order to compete in races that offer the highest prize money,
most horses are raced as 2 and 3 year-olds though some will race as young
as 1 year and nine months. This is despite the fact that the horses are still physically
immature and prone to injury. The majority of young horses will have injuries masked by drugs which will enable the
horse to race a little longer until the injuries worsen and the horse inevitably breaks down. Most
horses disappear altogether from racing early in
their career as injuries eventually render them worthless to their owners and they are sent off to auctions where killer-buyers are only
too willing to end their young lives by sending them on trucks to slaughter houses where after more cruelty and suffering, their destiny is death.
Cute and curious Standardbred foal
It is small wonder that the public
has lost interest in attending horse races with all the blood shed that the Industry is becoming wellknown for.
Young horses are bred and disgarded by the Industry indescriminately. It is small wonder that the public
has lost interest with 'all the horse blood shedding' that the Industry is becoming wellknown for.
Some Canadian provincial governments have had to prop up the Industry with
millions of dollars, money that increases racing purses and spurs the breeding of yet more horses that become
unwanted relatively quickly in the Industry.
Ferdinand, who carried famed jockey Bill Shoemaker
to his final Kentucky Derby victory was retired for stallion duty in 1995 and when his breeding career slowed,
the 1987 Horse of the Year and Breeders' Cup Classic champion was conveniently tortured to death in a slaughter house.
Young race horse at auction
Keeping an unviable racehorse is not an option as their owners seek to make a profit at all costs.
Some relatively very few retired race horses escape the gruesome slaughter fate and find care in a horse rescue or with a family.
However the vast majority are slaughtered when they can no longer make money for their owners.
The brutality that occurs to the innocent
and irreplaceable equine lives is barbaric: Horses meet
their maker in horror, extreme fright, excrutiating and prolonged pain, many being skinned alive while
until, finally, it's all over. ER
ER, Veterinarians, experts, celebrities, horse advocates, and numerous others agree uniformly that if a horse must be put down to end suffering or a life that has lost
all quality, the humane method that is universally agreed on is a veterinarian-assisted humane euthanasia.