I have confirmed that two horses were euthanized for catastrophic injuries on the same Charles Town card yesterday: 6-year-old Awesome Life went down in the 3rd; 5-year-old Dos Oro in the 7th. Prior to dying in the West Virginia dirt, the two had been whip-raced a collective 61 times.
To those who wager on horseracing, we implore you to reconsider. And ultimately, you hold all the cards – no more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. And – no more abusing unformed bodies; no more extreme, relentless confinement; no more whipping; no more drugging and doping; no more buying and selling and trading and dumping. No more auctions, no more kill-buyers, no more transport trucks, no more abattoirs. No more maiming, destroying; pain, suffering. No more.
In a landscape that abounds with other gambling options – casinos, lotteries, real sports involving autonomous human beings – hasn’t the time at long last arrived to let the racing horse be? You, the bettor, have within the capacity for mercy. We ask only that you exercise it. Please. For the horses.