Most people regard horse racing as a harmless sport in which the animals are willing participants who thoroughly enjoy the thrill. The truth is that, behind the scenes, lies a story of immense suffering.
Approximately 12,000 foals are born into the closely-related British and Irish racing industries each year, yet fewer than 50 per cent go on to become racers. Those horses who do not make the grade may be slaughtered for meat or repeatedly change hands in a downward spiral of neglect. Of those horses who do go on to race, around 420 are raced to death every year.
Very rarely do you hear of the horses that have died, either as a result of a fall or after crossing the finishing line; many die after the race from heart attacks or internal bleeding, but you will never hear of them.
I would suggest anyone interested in actual…
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