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ESPN Features PETA’s Undercover Investigation of Horse Slaughter in Japan

Written by PETA | June 11, 2009

Our recent undercover investigation, which revealed exactly what happens to horses abandoned by the coldhearted racing industry, has been picked up by a variety of news outlets, but we were particularly glad to see this piece featured on ESPN’s Outside the Lines:

 

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Maybe now more sports fans will recognize that horse racing is anything but sporting—especially for the thousands of horses who meet tragic ends every year—and perhaps they’ll join us in calling for an end to these abuses.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Kari says:

    My family owns a horse magazine for Saddle Seat and we all think that horse racing is horrible. World class horses have been sent to slaughter house so many times its rediculous. Horse slaughter houses are horrible for the horses and need to be shut down!

  • Autumn says:

    i dont think that horse racing should go on o much longer it wears horse out and makes them die sooner i jut do trail riding and hopfuly can try jumping but not be in compitions just for fun once in a while!

  • Autumn says:

    I do not think horse sluaghter i right i want them to atleast cut how many hores thy kill a year it is not fair to horses nor to the people that love them me and my friend are going to all horse slaughter websites and posting this we can be heard all aroud the world but if we all work together we can mke a difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Renee says:

    Hurray for PETA and ESPN to have the guts to expose the ugly truth. Stop Shipping Horses to Slaughter Inc, a not for profit corporation, has been working to end the abuse and the slaughter of horses to satisfy the industry that capitalizes on this travesty. As our community grows we will have a united voice to be heard. Please consider becoming a member at http://stopslaughteringhorses.org

  • mary says:

    I saw the 6pm news today and it broke my heart.How could anyone slaughter an animal.I always put myself in the animals feet. this really needs to be stopped. It’s so disturbing to think that so many have died this way.I’m glad they showed this to make people aware and to tell you the truth I hope everyone of those people that do this evil pratice suffer in the same way they do these horses when their time come race horse or not they are all the same and don’t deserve it.

  • Jana says:

    Majella brings up an important point.Quater horses out number all other breeds when it comes to slaughter.While there is cruelty in horse racing the typical rodeowesterncowpoke attitude is to send them to slaughter after they are no longer ‘usefull’.A horse works the range but awaits a dreadful future.Many in horse racing are now taking responsibilty for their horses well being after racing.

  • Syd says:

    ok then Laurie Allen how do you soppose we get this funding? Ya its all fine and good to talk about it but last i checked we where all IN DEBT!!!

  • Colleen says:

    PETA pulls on the heart strings of uninformed people. I do agree that horse raceing is crule but horse slaughter is not. A captive bullet is a quick and painless death. This is how cows are slaughtered. Because of the ban 100000′s of horses have been shiped across the border in to mexico to be killed. Mexico had no regulations. In Mexico horses are killed by MULTIPUL blows to the spine with a large knife with out being knocked out first. You choose Painless death here or mutilation down there.

  • Laurie Allen says:

    The practice of slaughtering horses is in ALL aspects of the equine industry from pleasure to ponies and everything in between. The ownersbreederstrainers NEED to step up and do the right thing by cutting back on breeding when the market is already to capacity and then some STOP selling any American horse overseas for any purpose WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR OWN PERIOD CHANGE THE LAWS HAVE THE HORSES THAT MAKE INCOMES BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR OWN RETIREMENT LIKE AN EQUINE SOCIAL SECURITY. SUPPORT THE EQUINE RESCUES THROUGH FUNDING OF AGRICULTURAL GRANTS AN THE EQUINE COMMUNITY SHOULD PAY TAXES INTO A FUND TO TAKE CARE OF THE SURPLUS ANIMALS THEN MAYBE PEOPLE WILL START TO RETHINK BREEDING MORE ANIMALS THAT ARE UNWANTED!!!!!!!!!!!! PS WE NEED TO SHUT DOWN THE LIVESTOCK AUCTION HOUSES IN THESE RINKY DINK TOWNS THAT RUN HORSES THROUGH IT AND END UP IN EQUINE HELL IN NEW HOLLAND PA !!!!!! FORGET THE BREEDING INCENTIVES THAT IS NOT WORKING START A RETIREMENT INCENTIVE.

  • dana christie says:

    hi my family is in the harness racing industry and i for one can tell you our horses are treated with the utmost respect and the drivers are not allowed to use whips this is not the jockey on the back kinda horse racing they haul a very lightweight cart and i have even run around the track pulling it just to see for myself and when they’re racing days are done we usually bring them home to live out a very good life untill they getb that age where its time to let them go humanely and i have not heard of any owners selling there old horses to slaughterhouses.

  • Sarah says:

    If race horses were trained the PROPER way from the start before they race it would be easier to find them a home after they’re done racing. It’s hard to break a horse from it’s old habits and people ethire don’t have the knowledge or don’t want to deal with it. I have an ex race horse and he’s a great horse but it took me and my trainer a couple of years to get him to the point where he is now. If they are trained the proper way taught manners the basics of pleasure riding and are given love more people would buy them when they’re done racing.

  • DB says:

    I’ll have to agree with SQ exrace horses are often sold for meat. In Japan China Mexico etc. horse is a common food and used for animal feed too. In fact horse meat is healthier than beef and tastier too. So as long as they are killed humanely which it looks like they are then IMO it’s not any less terrible than slaughtering and eating cattle.

  • SQ says:

    Carla thank you for that well researched and logical response. I am sure convinced now.

  • Dave says:

    THANKS ESPN will send you a thankyou letter.

  • cynthiaj.gauthier says:

    I have been to many horse races but had no idea that some of these magnificent animals meet their demise in this manner! I will never look at horse racing the same way again. I cant even look at some parts of the video without getting nauseated. To be blunt here Japan has a real problem with how they treat animals…ANY animal! Just look at what they are doing to the humpback whales! They make me sick!

  • carla says:

    SQ. It is still wrong to kill a horse. Period. Humane and painless? Let’s try it out on you and see how painless it is. Fool!!!!!!!

  • SQ says:

    As far as I saw the horse in the video was killed with a captive bolt gun a humane and painless death. Perhaps the icky words used sways opinions but they do not sway me.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Japan really has an animal abuse problem. Japanese “Noise Musician” Merzbow is a vegan who has dedicated dozens of his CDS to the animal rights movement. They include “Peace For Animals” and “Animal Magnetism.” The music is very harsh but it is cathartic.

  • Tahler says:

    Horse racing is horse abuse! Kudos to PETA for conducting this tragic investigation and kudos to ESPN for bringing it to the attention of their viewers. Abusing animals is not sportsmanlike conduct and I will never watch horse racing as long as it still goes on.

  • Don says:

    What do you suppose will happen to the rest of the race horses if you ban racing?

  • Majella, Ireland says:

    Does Peta not realize that many many people are trying to save horses from slaughter and that racing isnt totally responsible? Quater Horses are the main breed sluaghtered.

  • Phil says:

    I am very happy to see that ESPN had the guts to show this piece and reveal the ugly truth behind horse racing.

  • lynda downie says:

    That is great news. Thank you once again Peta!

  • Elphaba says:

    Saving the horses from slaughter one by one is all well and good but how about preventing the greedy practice of surplusinoverbreeding more horses than the racing industry takes responsibility for which causes their sale to and eventual slaughter in Japan and elsewhere?

  • Aneliese says:

    Good for ESPN!

  • B R Manshack says:

    When will PETA do a story on the many organizations many of whom are sponsered by the horseracing industry that work to ensure retired runners find homes and not slaughtered? After all HSUS estimated that only 10 of slaughtered horses are retired runners so common sense should dictate that more attention should be paid to the sources of the other 90 percent.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    There is nothing positive about horse racing. It’s an outmoded travesty.

  • carla says:

    High five ESPN! Horse racing is not a sport it is Animal abuse… plain and simple. People who go to horse shows or bet on races are all just as guilty as those who end the lives of these beautiful animals. Wake up world!

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