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The Jockey Club

Save ‘Retired’ Racehorses From a Painful Death in Slaughterhouses

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      People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Coming Home is one of 20,000 thoroughbreds discarded by the horse racing industry every single year. The granddaughter of Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled and cousin of Eight Belles, this 6-year-old thoroughbred was sold to a meat buyer at auction when she was "retired" from racing. PETA rescued her just hours before slaughter. But 10,000 other thoroughbreds won't escape. They will be sent to a terrifying and painful death in slaughterhouses in Canada or Mexico.

Yet the horse-racing industry continues to breed 30,000 new foals every year. Owners pay exorbitant stud fees and millions of dollars for promising racers but turn their backs when their racehorses aren't winners.

In April 2011, PETA undercover investigators captured video footage inside the breeding barns at Darley America in Kentucky, one of the world's most expensive thoroughbred breeding facilities. We documented a factory assembly-line regimen in which stallions "cover" more than a hundred mares each in a breeding season.

Please help us end this deadly cycle. PETA has asked the Jockey Club to implement the Thoroughbred 360 Lifecycle Fund. This plan would require owners and breeders to pay a $360 fee for new foal registrations, ownership transfers, and stallion or broodmare registrations and would generate more than $20 million every year toward the retirement of racehorses.

Please sign the petition to the Jockey Club in support of a mandatory retirement fund for former racers.

The Jockey Club
I urge the Jockey Club to impose PETA's proposed Thoroughbred 360 Lifecycle Fund fee on owners and breeders to help ensure the safety and welfare of horses when their years on the track are over.

[Your name]

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    Reasons for signing

    • liu wai ling N.T., HONG KONG
      • almost 2 years ago

      Horse is beautiful animals. They has feeling and right to their alive. Protect and save retired racehorses from a painful kdeath in slaughter houses

    • Melissa Cousino MANCHESTER, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Just because a race-horse is retired, doesn't mean that they don't have a long life ahead of them. Their are great programs for race horses, like new vocations and many other programs.

    • Rene Ayers BENNETT, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Stop treating racehorses like they were a food comodity. Stop the slaughter.

      • almost 2 years ago

      Animals are animals, they're on this world for a reason. Horses are apart of this ecosystem. This NATURAL ecosystem. If there's a problem with horses, give them to farmers or families who can adopt them, if they live on good land. There is always a way and killing innocent animals is not one!

    • Crystal Perkins GEORGETOWN, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Living in central Kentucky, the heart of horse racing, this is a sad and tragic reality to a sport so many, including myself love. I recently purchased a retired race horse and the truth is, not all of them are capable of having a second career. As with anything there does need to be regualtions. Of the 30,000 new foals born, only a very small few will make it to the track, muchless be winners. It is sad repition every spring, when you drive past those beautiful paddocks and plank fences, and the new babies have arrived.


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