Recent stories, including in the Times Union, about the massive subsidy of the US horse racing industry have laid bare the economic unsustainability of racing in the 21st century. Lost in all this money talk, however, is the giant moral elephant in the room: How can we, a supposedly evolved society, continue to justify the abuse and killing of horses in the name of entertainment and, worse yet, , for bets of $2?
Horseracing Wrongs has documented more than 8,000 deaths on US tracks since 2014. We estimate that more than 2,000 horses are killed racing or training across the United States each year. That’s an average of nearly six each day. Aortic rupture, pulmonary hemorrhage, blunt force head trauma, broken necks, severed spines, torn ligaments, shattered legs. In addition, hundreds more die at their posts.