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Animal Cruelty on the Racetrack
 By Velski   •   2nd Jun 2010   •   11,752 views   •   52 comments
Animal cruelty is bad for racehorses. The jockey needs a trusting horse, not an abused one. Animal cruelty can kill horses. They can be injured badly from animal cruelty and the owner might have them killed.

Animal Cruelty on the RacetrackMany racehorses have faults that cause injuries or death. Some racing thoroughbreds have been inbred too much and have bodies that are too heavy for their delicate legs. Broodmares are put into season too early, just for a longer training season. The mares birth at unnatural times, which can confuse the mare if it is their first time birthing a racehorse. Track surfaces are too hard, which damages their legs and hooves. The long racing season added to that can ruin a horseís legs.

Most racehorses are not treated with kindness. Some owners will drug their horses when they get an injury, like a hairline fracture, so they can still race. The horses are also raced when their bones arenít fully developed and risk life-threatening injuries. Some injured racehorses are put down, even if they have a minor injury that takes a while to heal. The owners donít have enough patients. It isnít the horseís fault that they got hurt itís the personís who pushed them to hard fault.

Certain racetrack sports are cruel. According to Kim Masters Evans in the article Animals in Sports, between November 2003 and November 2004, in California around 550 racehorses were injured from racing. Horse racing is intertwined with gambling, so some horses are drugged to make them calmer, yet faster. Like with Big Brown, according to Dave Zirin in the article The Lesson Of Big Brown, Big Brown might have been drugged, or have an injury. If a racehorse canít win, the owner will send them to the slaughterhouse. The demand for horsemeat is so immense no one cares if they kill a racehorse to get meat. Racehorses going to slaughterhouses are often kept in double-decker cattle trailers with no food, water, or movement. In the double-decker trailers, they often have to either remain stooped over or on their knees for the whole trip.

Animal cruelty kills or ruins an animal. Horses are one of the hardest animals to earn the trust of, and being cruel kills any trust. By abusing horses, the horseís spirit is killed, and without their spirit, there is no horse. Animal cruelty is bad and it kills. Animal cruelty needs to be stopped.
Animal Cruelty on the Racetrack
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