Written by PETA
Rick Dutrow and Big Brown, one of Rick's many horses who suffered becausehe was forced to race
Great news—notorious thoroughbred trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. won't be drugging, overworking, or breaking more horses anytime soon—at least not in the great state of New York. The New York State Racing & Wagering Board has kicked Dutrow to the curb: He's banned from racing in the state for the next 10 years—an unprecedented punishment.
Dutrow, the trainer of the 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, has received nearly 70 citations over the course of his career for a variety of violations, including for illegally drugging his horses.
PETA has sent the board a bouquet of flowers as a token of our appreciation for sparing countless horses from the reckless and dangerous actions of this trainer.
Please help other horses who are suffering in the cruel horseracing industry by speaking out against deadly speed tests in which many young horses are injured or killed after being forced to run at breakneck speeds and urging The Jockey Club to implement the Thoroughbred 360 Lifecycle Fund to ensure that racehorses are retired, not slaughtered, after they cross the finish line for the last time.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor, image by banamine | cc by 2.0
PETA investigators have released the following undercover video, showing horses
as they were forced to run so fast that they suffered broken bones, burst
aortas, and other potentially fatal injuries. This video footage will be used
to push thoroughbred auction companies to institute PETA's proposed reforms.
PETA has documented
yet another example of how merciless and mercenary the thoroughbred racing
industry is. Two-year-old horses are forced to perform in reckless speed trials
known as "under tack shows" to impress prospective buyers at
auctions. These young horses, whose fragile bones, tendons, and muscles are not
yet fully developed, are pushed to sprint one-eighth of a mile at breakneck—or,
have documented that forcing these baby horses to run at extreme speeds at
auctions and during training for these events can result in dangerous
bones, and death. Equine veterinarian Dr. Sheila
Lyons, who has been featured on the cover of The Blood-Horse magazine, writes: "Pushing these immature 2-year-old horses for speed
before they have reached physical and mental maturity is recklessly dangerous
and systematically damaging for the animal while also proving to be unreliable
for the prospective buyers as a predictor of future racing ability."
PETA is urging the
four major thoroughbred auction companies, Fasig-Tipton Company, Ocala Breeders'
Sales Company, Keeneland Association, and Barretts Equine Limited, to adopt a
series of reforms, including the following:
Help us put an end
to this unnecessary suffering. Please take a moment to politely urge the four major auction companies
implement PETA's proposed reforms.
by Jennifer O'Connor
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