Equestrian games are by their very nature cruel and deadly, resulting in the deaths of approximately a thousand horses every year in the US and over four hundred in the UK.
Horse racing is a sport wherein animals are inbred, selecting for genes that result in horses who are especially fast, but especially fragile. Thoroughbreds have thinner bones than other breeds, which results in many injuries on the track, and when their legs are injured they are almost always put down because they can’t stand on the leg, nor can they lie down because it disrupts blood flow and creates other health problems.
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Racetracks demonstrate their lack of concern for horses by their lax reporting of horse deaths. Many states and individual tracks don’t report — or don’t accurately report — the number of horses who die, so we don’t even have a definitive number of horses who die as a result of racing.
And despite advances in medical technology, the number of horse fatalities is not falling. So much for the efforts to improve the lives of horses.
Equestrian games are bloodsports, no different from bullfights, rodeos or hunting. Any “sport” that involves an unwilling participant is no sport at all, it’s torture, murder, exploitation and slavery.
The health and welfare of animals will never be the priority of a group that uses animals for profit. Racetracks, promoters, jockeys and owners are concerned with one thing and one thing only: money. They will continue to inbreed, medicate, and run their horses to death as long as it makes them a profit, and they will do it in spite of any regulations that are imposed on them. They will continue to do the bare minimum to avoid being sanctioned while working to make their own wallets fatter.
The only answer is to refuse to support any sports, entities, industries, companies, or groups that contribute to the torture, exploitation and death of animals. Go vegan, boycott all animal games and entertainment. Refuse to support zoos, circuses, rodeos or horse races.
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