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Horseracing: Profit-Driven Cruelty

Think horseracing is harmless entertainment that horses enjoy? Think again. Every year in Australia, approximately 18,000 horses are born into a cruel industry that treats them like commodities.

The Melbourne Cup: Profit-Driven Cruelty
An undercover investigation in Melbourne revealed ex-racehorses being subjected to horrifically cruel slaughter.

Deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, such as grazing and running free, horses are forced to eat high-protein diets that often cause painful stomach ulcers and other ailments.

During races, horses are painfully whipped as they run frantically in front of hundreds of screaming "punters." Since horses begin stressful training and racing when their skeletal systems are still growing, many sustain muscle and joint injuries, fractures, internal bleeding, musculoskeletal trauma, and ruptured ligaments. Approximately 90 percent of horses used in the racing industry suffer from exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, a condition that can leave blood flowing from their nostrils after a race.

Life off the track is no better. Horses spend up to 22 hours per day in cramped, hot stables so that they can spend just a few minutes racing. This can lead to stress-induced behaviors, such as walking in circles, sucking wind, crib-biting, and repetitive head swaying.

Approximately two out of every three horses used in the racing industry are discarded because of injury or lack of ability or because they are simply too difficult to manage before their first races. Nearly all horses who do race disappear from the track in less than three years. By age 3—when they are still physically immature—most horses have seen their last race. When horses become injured or suffer from chronic diseases, they aren't "retired" to green pastures and loving homes: Many horses end their careers in slaughterhouses.

An undercover investigation in Melbourne revealed that horses previously used in the racing industry were being subjected to horrifically cruel slaughter. Weak, emaciated horses were shot in the head with a rifle—often in full view of other horses. Most horses are slaughtered for dog and cat food, but approximately 3,500 tonnes of "quality" cuts are also exported for human consumption every year.

As long as people continue to support horseracing, the industry will continue to abuse animals and profit from their suffering and misery.

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