Yes, and there are many, both animal- and human-rights organizations who say the same. However, it’s worth looking at whether there are other types of cruelty at horse racing.
In 2009, there were more than 16,100 horses in the United States racing, according to the Kentucky Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. That’s about 1,200 more than in 2005.
The National Speedsweeper Association estimates that 40,000 horses are killed in the United States annually. That’s a fraction of the number of horses killed in the United States every year. But if they were counted all the time, it would mean almost 6 million horses, or almost 2 percent, were killed by racetracks in 2016.
“The U.S. animal agriculture industry kills, on average, about 18,000 horses and lambs every year,” said the Humane Society of the United States’ Deputy Director of Livestock, Sarah Gelsomino. “But there are also several other types of animal abuse that happen at horse racing such as:
• Breeders, breeders and stallions, or “jumper” as they are known, are routinely injured or killed for “motor racing purposes.”
• Horse owners who allow racing to continue in their homes when their horses aren’t working are at risk of injuring or killing their horses.
• A large number of racetrack managers are allowed to use animals for purposes such as showing, training and auctioning, in violation of the Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Act of 1966 by leaving them out in the open on a lot, where they are at risk of being injured and killed. Many are able to do this because so many racing facilities have been built since those acts were passed. Since horses are allowed to run free on a racetrack in states without licenses on race days, there is no way for track owners to prove which horses are free and which aren’t. The track manager, not the owner, must be able to tell if a horse is working well or not for it to be allowed to continue running in the event. The owner’s failure to show that they are in receipt of veterinarian care can also make it difficult for the animals to be humanely euthanized. If a rider is injured in a race, no-shows may cause delays or disqualify a rider in his or her spot on the winner’s list. When horses are injured at racetracks, the veterinarians and trainers
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