Thoroughbred racehorse Coming Home, the granddaughter of Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled and the cousin of the doomed Derby
entrant Eight Belles, was bought by a
"meat buyer" at a livestock auction for $200 and was hours from being
trucked to a slaughterhouse
when a PETA investigator rescued her. Coming Home went to a
real—and permanent—home on a PETA member's farm, where she will never again
have to fear for her life.
The derby is a dream for the nearly 30,000 horses born into the
racing industry in the U.S. each year. A livestock auction and a bolt through
the brain are the realities for castoff thoroughbred racehorses. Owners who pay
exorbitant stud fees turn their backs on horses who are too old or injured to
run or who are just not fast enough.
The following are just a few examples of PETA's investigations and
campaigns related to horse racing:
Please help us end the deadly cycle of breeding,
breakdowns, and slaughter by asking The Jockey Club to implement the Thoroughbred 360 Life Cycle Fund. This plan would require
owners and breeders to pay a $360 fee for new foal registrations, ownership
transfers, and stallion or broodmare registrations and would generate more than
$20 million every year toward the retirement of racehorses. Review PETA's
complete proposal to The Jockey Club and see details about PETA's Thoroughbred
360 Life Cycle Fund here.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.