Horses used for racing weigh more
than 1,000 pounds, yet they are supported by ankles the size of a human's. In
the U.S., horses are whipped and forced to run on tracks made of hard-packed
dirt at speeds of more than 30 miles per hour while carrying people on their
backs. They are pumped full of drugs intended to mask pain so that they keep
running long after their stressed or injured bodies would tell them to stop.
They are bought and sold to the highest bidder numerous times and carted from
coast to coast, and half of them are eventually abandoned to slaughterhouses.
PETA campaigns on those horse-racing
issues that, if changed, will have the most profound impact on the welfare of
horses in the industry.
We need your help to
make these changes happen!
Please take just
a few moments to add your voice to those who have taken part in our horse-racing
industry urgent action
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