2018 NBC Kentucky Derby should Prominently Feature Rick Porter's new project the NTWO

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The Kentucky Derby stands as America’s oldest continuously held major sporting event.

The supporters of this petition ask that NBC and Churchill Downs to use their successful pact to give back to the Equine Athletes that make this event so unique and special by Publicly supporting Rick Porter's National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization by featuring them Prominently in the 2018 144th Kentucky Derby coverage. This one contribution by NBC and Churchill Downs has the potential to make humane changes within the industry virtually as fast as the race itself.

Earlier this year, Fox Hill Farm owner Rick Porter, who has had numerous champions and top horses, such as Songbird, Havre de Grace, Hard Spun, Round Pond, and Eight Belles, and Jostle formed the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization (NTWO), which will "pull from all available resources to be a comprehensive welfare organization that protects racing's greatest asset--the horse--for the overall benefit of the sport." 

Porter feels that society continues to grow more sensitive to animal welfare issues, and Thoroughbred racing has been a step behind. 

"For decades, the sight of a suffering horse on track with a catastrophic breakdown has done its damage to the sport," he said. "In today's world, with 24-hour news and social media, Thoroughbred racing is under a microscope like never before. The sport takes a daily pummeling on social media due to our Thoroughbreds basically being extorted for hundreds or thousands of dollars to "bail them out" of feedlots. A price and date are given, with the promise that the horse will be shipped to slaughter if these conditions aren't met. 

Racing simply cannot have any stance other than slaughter being an unacceptable end for its horses. We cannot be seen as an industry driven only by greed, which disposes of its horses that are no longer useful to an inhumane ending. Most of us are more responsible than to knowingly send our horses to slaughter, but the few who do cast a very damning shadow upon us all.

In racing, we have many organizations and individuals who put forth much time, effort, and money into equine welfare, specifically retirement and retraining, We commend all these efforts and owe a debt of gratitude for all that they have done and continue to do. What is missing, however, is a national industry organization which can be pointed to as an all-encompassing equine welfare organization." 

Porter concluded by saying, "We are excited about the creation of the NTWO. It is past time that we had an organization that speaks for the horse in every area in which they need and deserve our protection. Let us never forget that we owe everything to the Thoroughbred." The National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization may be reached at 859-227-5441.

In 2014 Churchill Downs Chairman and CEO, Bob Evans stated "We will not only achieve our financial objectives with this deal, but we will also continue to benefit from NBC’s unique media assets and innovative perspective to help us continue to grow the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby brands....Utilizing NBC Sports Group’s "Big Event Strategy," three of the last five Kentucky Derby races have recorded at least 16 million viewers."

The supporters of this petition ask that NBC and Churchill Downs to use their successful pact to give back to the Equine Athletes that make this event so unique and special by Publicly supporting Rick Porter's National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization by featuring them Prominently in the 2018 144th Kentucky Derby coverage. This one contribution by NBC has the potential to make humane changes within the industry virtually as fast as the race itself.

Make 2018 the year that NBC and Churchill Downs become leaders in promoting the humane treatment of equine athletes!

Thank you from everyone 2 and 4 legged @ DrFarm.org !

Information quoted above was collected from the following articles:  http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2018/02/28/porter-forms-organization-to-save-horses.aspx   and   https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/new-pact-keeps-kentucky-derby-in-nbc-stable-through-2025



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