James Cromwell: Watch My Disturbing Horse-Racing Video and Skip the Triple Crown

James Cromwell is known for his numerous film and television projects, including his Academy Award–nominated performance in L.A. Confidential as the sinister Capt. Dudley Smith and his Emmy Award–winning role as the even scarier villain Dr. Arthur Arden in the critically acclaimed American Horror Story. Yet James’ most frightening and heartrending role is his narration of PETA’s exposé on the blood sport of horse racing. What is touted as “the most exciting two minutes in sports” is actually the deadliest.

While spectators enjoy their mint juleps in over-the-top fashion, the horses are given drug cocktails to enhance their performance and mask their pain and injuries, and more than 1,000 of the “athletes” die every single year.

James makes this point: What if other sports had the same odds? What if three NFL players died every Sunday?

The life of a horse used for racing is miserable and painful:

The easiest and best way to speak out against this travesty is by not supporting these tragic events. Avoid everything related to horse racing, including going to the track, watching Triple Crown races on TV and betting on horses.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind