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Petitioning Carol Austin, CEO "Realtors Care" of GTAR (Greater Tampa Association of Realtors)

Greater Tampa Association of Realtors (GTAR): Cancel your "Day at the Races" event for 04-12-13

Horses are often injured, neglected, and killed for the sake of greed in the racing industry.  The majority of this abusive treatment happens behind the "glitz" and "fun" of races... far from public view.

Letter to
Carol Austin, CEO "Realtors Care" of GTAR (Greater Tampa Association of Realtors)
The signers of this petition request that you cancel GTAR's "Day at the Races" event for 04-12-13, for the sake of humanity.

According to, "Injuries and fatalities are an unfortunate side effect of training and competition. In 2008, Peter Pan Stakes winner Casino Drive got a stone bruise while walking on Belmont Park's horse paths the week before the Belmont Stakes.

The big problem with equine injuries is that they so often result in death. A 2005 study by the United States Department of Agriculture found that injuries are the second leading cause of death in horses, second only to old age. Nureyev's recovery from a broken leg while retired at stud in 1987 typifies the struggle horses have after being injured."

This well-known site further states, "On February 8, 2007, an ABC news report, "Danger Out of the Gate," reported that for every 1000 horses that started a race, 1.5 of them collapsed and died at the gate or on the track.

In large part, it's just plain overwork. Horses are allowed to start racing at a very young age, sometimes even before they have turned a full year old. Their bones, tendons, and ligaments are still developing at this age, and are easily damaged from too much work. Damage to young bones and joints can lead to early problems with arthritis. Damage to developing tendons and ligaments can lead to lifelong problems with shin splints and other forms of tendonitis." It goes on to say, "Skeletal fractures account for 87% of fatal injuries. When a horse’s leg hits the ground at racing speed on a straightaway, it bears a load that is three times its weight (with the exception of harness racing). When negotiating a turn, centrifugal force increases the load to between 5 and 10 times body weight. When a horse hits the ground, the repetitive impact produces microscopic cracks and crevices inside bone so tiny they are undetectable by standard X-rays. If the horse isn't given enough time for healthy bone tissue to repair the damage with a process called remodeling, the cumulative stress can progress silently to the point where overload causes bones to break."

According to, "Another hidden and unpleasant aspect of the horseracing industry is the use of performance enhancement options. Horses are scared, manipulated and drugged to increase their performance and the possibility of winning. The one aim of this tampering is to line the owner’s pockets with more money."

Once a racehorse is "spent" and can no longer keep up with the demands of his/her owner, up to 85% are purchased by slaughterhouses and knackeries at auction.

"An unofficial, but widely accepted view within the industry is that only three hundred out of every thousand registered horses will actually run a single race.

What happens to the others? Though not formerly recorded, it is well known within the industry that the majority of under performing horses are sent to the ‘doggers’. At the knackery, these horses are killed and turned into dog food."

Few racehorses are retired to pastures, because owners don't want to pay for a horse who doesn't bring in any money.

One study on injuries at racetracks concluded that one horse in every 22 races suffered an injury that prevented him or her from finishing a race, while another estimated that 3 thoroughbreds die every day in North America because of catastrophic injuries during races.

Please choose a kinder way to raise funds for your organization... In 2013, and in the future. Offering programs to help people buy a house does not justify the support of harm to animals.

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