Horse Racing Industry Should Provide Decent Retirement For Older Horses

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If you’re thinking about placing a two-buck bet on Sunday’s Kentucky Derby, keep in mind that your wager is supporting an industry that kills and discards tens of thousands of horses every year.

According to the industry’s own figures, more than 10,000 slow or spent thoroughbreds in the U.S. are sent to a terrifying and painful death in foreign slaughterhouses annually. Pedigree does not protect a horse. Even Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand was slaughtered in Japan when he was considered no longer useful as a breeding stallion. Yet the horse-racing industry continues to breed 30,000 new foals every year.


This deadly cycle must come to an end. Instead of the woefully inadequate voluntary contribution plan that exists now, PETA has asked the Jockey Club to impose and collect a mandatory fee to create a horse retirement fund.

While the best bet for the horses would be an end to breeding, racing, and killing thoroughbreds altogether, at the very least the racing world must provide a decent retirement for the horses it no longer has use for. Visit to learn more.

Jennifer O’Connor
PETA Foundation

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