Santa Anita: Stop killing racehorses

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In just a bit over two months, 26 racehorses, including former Breeders’ Cup winner Battle of Midway, have died at California’s world-famous Santa Anita Park. The most recent death - a three-year-old filly named Princess Lili B - broke both her front legs just days after the track was declared 100% safe by a renowned surface expert.

Still, what’s happening there is no anomaly. In an 11-year period, Santa Anita averaged 50 dead racehorses annually. And it’s not as if one or two bad years skewed that average: Every 12-month period but one (when “only” 37 died) saw at least 40 corpses. What’s more, Santa Anita can’t even claim it’s heading in the right direction as two of the three worst years were ‘15-’16 and ‘16-’17

Sign and share today to urge Santa Anita to stop the senseless death of racehorses by closing down its track.

Nationally, our seminal work at Horseracing Wrongs confirms roughly 1,000 on-track kills a year. But for reasons explained on the website, the real toll is north of 2,000. Imagine that. More, still, die back in their stalls from things like colic and laminitis. And perhaps worst of all, the vast majority of has-been (or never-were) equine "athletes" are brutally and violently slaughtered once their so-called careers have come to an end. In other words, the American horseracing industry is engaged in wholesale carnage. Not hyperbole, carnage.

“Horseracing is animal exploitation. Horseracing is animal cruelty. Horseracing kills horses. And for nothing more than $2 bets, idle entertainment. We live in 21st Century America; we can - and should - be better than this.” - Patrick Battuello, founder/president, Horseracing Wrongs

More horses will die if Santa Anita is not closed down. Sign today to tell the racetrack to save horses lives by immediately shutting down the track.