- Each year, over 10,000 racehorses are shipped from the United States to slaughterhouses in both Mexico and Canada–around 7,500 thoroughbred yearlings were sold to new owners in auction in 2010
- 750 thoroughbreds die on the track each year
- “The U.S. shut down the last remaining slaughterhouses for horses in 2007, but still allows horses to be shipped over our borders to be slaughtered for affluent diners in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy and Japan”
- “U.S. horses travel 24 hours or more, without food, water or rest, in livestock trucks designed for cattle, to slaughter plants using slaughter methods also designed for cattle.”
- “The livestock trucks were not designed to accommodate horses’ longer necks and legs and higher center of gravity. Put a horse in a cattle car, and it can’t stand upright. Imagine stallions packed in next to mares (in foal or with foals at their sides), the sick next to the healthy, all off balance, banging their heads, slipping and falling as they become more agitated, exhausted, dehydrated. Much of the resulting suffering—gouged-out eyes and gruesome head injuries, open fractures, broken legs and severed hooves, trampling and bleeding to death—has been documented by USDA photos obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.” — This passage is long but it is poignant
- Horses also have too much room in kill boxes, which are meant for cows with less narrow bodies. This allows the horses to move around and slip on the wet floors of the slaughterhouses.
- Laws and rules are ignored in the slaughterhouses:
- foals are slaughtered
- Laws that provide protection for people are ignored– the horses are slaughtered, even if they have harmful substances in their system
Eckhoff, Vickery. “Racing Industry Silent About Slaughtered Thoroughbreds.” Forbes, 29 November 2011. Web. Accessed 6 December 2016.