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NYT Sportswriter Swears Off Horseracing

Written by PETA | May 24, 2011

Eight Belles did it for New York Times sports columnist William C. Rhoden. After watching the filly break both front legs just after crossing the finish line in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, Rhoden never covered another horse race. “From Eight Belles to Barbaro to thousands of horses in between, racing is a brutal game that grinds up young horses,” he wrote in a recent column. “This unrepentant industry exists solely for the pleasure of gamblers and gambling.”
 

 
Rhoden also joined PETA in condemning the racing industry’s abandonment of burned-out, used-up thoroughbreds and backed PETA’s proposed Thoroughbred 360 Lifecycle Retirement Plan, which would require that thoroughbred owners and breeders pay a $360 retirement fee for every foal registration, ownership transfer, and breeding registration. Rhoden calls the Jockey Club’s refusal to take action in response to PETA’s proposal “hardly … acceptable in an industry in which an estimated 10,000 horses from the United States end up slaughtered for meat every year ….”

You can help prod the Jockey Club to do right by the animals it uses by sending an e-mail asking that it adopt PETA’s retirement plan.

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  • MelodyK says:

    With all due respect, many opponents of horse racing are often misinformed and naive. If you would prefer a world without horses then outlaw all equistrian sports. Instead, if you love horses like I do, participate in the sport and insist on good treatment for our equine athletes.

  • Racy says:

    My friends owned a few horses for fun on a small farm. They moved to Ocala bought a real horse farm and started breeding. At first, the excitment of possibly owning a winner was great. After the first year of watching horses on the track I lost my excitment. Horses that race or breed should be treated as true atheletes and be given the same retirment as other atheletes. Being pushed until you break down and then being sold for meat is beyond cruel. I have seen many “horse farms” some are nice. Many are just numbers farms no different from puppy mills.Please ensure that everytime a thoroughbred foal is registered, ownership is transferred, or a breeder registers they must pay a fee to provide for thoroughbred retirement. Thank you.

  • Luise Graff says:

    I can’t watch the races anymore and I live walking distance from the Pimlico Race Track in Maryland. The sacrifice of those beautiful horses is heart breaking. Do the right thing! Support the retirement plan!

  • JacquieMi says:

    Poor darling

  • Barb B says:

    I am a horse lover, with a framed original poster of Secretariat on my wall, commemorating his Triple Crown win when I was 12 years old. As much as I love horses and have always loved horse racing, I can no longer watch the sport because of the heartless treatment of the horses. You have the power to change that treatment. Please ensure that everytime a thoroughbred foal is registered, ownership is transferred, or a breeder registers they must pay a fee to provide for thoroughbred retirement. Thank you.

  • MA Moo says:

    =( Get em PETA!

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