Horse Racing

Race Horses Slaughtered

6/6/09 in Horse Racing   |   rileyjames47   |   respect

While millions of viewers watch this year's Belmont Stakes, former champions like Charismatic and War Emblem are half a world away in Japan. Thousands of other less famous U.S.-bred thoroughbreds have also been exported overseas for breeding and racing. When they are no longer useful, most of these horses will be slaughtered.

PETA undercover investigators have recorded exclusive footage in a Japanese horse slaughterhouse in which 4,500 horses are killed and cut up each year—many of them racehorses—to be processed into food for dogs and humans. Slaughterhouses such as the Kumamoto Shokuniku Center, which was exposed by our investigators, are often the last stop in a system that routinely produces tens of thousands of "surplus" thoroughbreds each year because there is no plan for what to do with them after their racing or breeding days are over.

Ten years ago Charismatic won the 125th Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. He nearly went on to win horse racing's Triple Crown before he tragically broke his leg near the finish line at the Belmont Stakes. Unlike Barbaro, Eight Belles, and the more than 1,000 U.S. racehorses who suffer fatal breakdowns on the track every year, Charismatic survived and was sold soon after like a commodity and exported to Japan for breeding purposes.

While millions of viewers watch this year's Belmont Stakes, Charismatic—half a world away and with his value as a stallion plummeting—could be facing the same fate as fellow Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand, who was slaughtered for dog food at the end of an unsuccessful stud career in Japan.

In 2008, more than 100,000 American-bred horses were exported to Canada, Mexico, and Japan and slaughtered for meat—many of these were thoroughbreds.

For Charismatic, War Emblem, and the tens of thousands of less famous racehorses who face slaughter. While racing fans are glued to media coverage surrounding the Belmont Stakes, there is no better time to make a difference in the lives of thousands of horses. Thank you.

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1/3/12   |   purebreed99   |   29 respect

merrnryn wrote:
 ok about this, these horses arent old nor used up. they are young, some only 6-10 years. (a horse lives 30 or so years) and can easily be retrained for just about any job. aside from this, these horses are fed wormers, BUTE, and other medications that are dangerous to humans, causing cancer and other ailments. there are many alternatives to slaughter. controlling overbreeding is the first step. ONE stallion will be bred BY humans to produce upwards of 800+ foals. Humans need to accept responsibility not let an animal suffer for their ignorance. they are NOT feed animals, they are police officers, athletes, actors, entertainers, therapy aides, companions and pets, they have been in the past soldiers, mailmen, transportation, and many a country was founded on horseback. not cow or pig back, 
 
I guess it is just the barbarian in me, but I really don't care if used up, broken down horses are sent off to the meat packers. 

 Very well put...I believe the horse is one of God's greatest gifts to us humans! 

12/20/11   |   merrnryn   |   2 respect

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                          bah double post sorry.

12/20/11   |   merrnryn   |   2 respect

 ok about this, these horses arent old nor used up. they are young, some only 6-10 years. (a horse lives 30 or so years) and can easily be retrained for just about any job. aside from this, these horses are fed wormers, BUTE, and other medications that are dangerous to humans, causing cancer and other ailments. there are many alternatives to slaughter. controlling overbreeding is the first step. ONE stallion will be bred BY humans to produce upwards of 800+ foals. Humans need to accept responsibility not let an animal suffer for their ignorance. they are NOT feed animals, they are police officers, athletes, actors, entertainers, therapy aides, companions and pets, they have been in the past soldiers, mailmen, transportation, and many a country was founded on horseback. not cow or pig back, 

 
I guess it is just the barbarian in me, but I really don't care if used up, broken down horses are sent off to the meat packers. 

11/2/11   |   curt200586518   |   1671 respect

junebugracingred wrote:
It is a shame that horse racing is nothing but a money sport period.  Even the owners of these great winners didn't want anything to do with them after awhile.  I wish that Barbaro would have lived cause he would have been appreciated and taken care of for the rest of his days.  These other country's need to put more thought into their animals and so does the US cause they shouldn't be selling are animals to other country's that will not take care of them other than to feed their people and animals.  This really does break my heart and I know that it has been going on for more years than I can count.   Hopefully something will soon be able to be done about this terrible side of this sport!

hi junebug,happy weds

11/2/11   |   junebugracingred   |   5055 respect

It is a shame that horse racing is nothing but a money sport period.  Even the owners of these great winners didn't want anything to do with them after awhile.  I wish that Barbaro would have lived cause he would have been appreciated and taken care of for the rest of his days.  These other country's need to put more thought into their animals and so does the US cause they shouldn't be selling are animals to other country's that will not take care of them other than to feed their people and animals.  This really does break my heart and I know that it has been going on for more years than I can count.   Hopefully something will soon be able to be done about this terrible side of this sport!

10/30/11   |   KJFineDesign   |   1 respect

Then you can burn in hell BluDevil, you effing dick.

6/6/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

I guess it is just the barbarian in me, but I really don't care if used up, broken down horses are sent off to the meat packers.

6/6/09   |   blb1230

how ever slaughters horses should be shot down.