Racing Executive Admits Multiple Thousands of Thoroughbreds Slaughtered Annually

In a recent USA Today article on horse slaughter, this: “…an estimated 7,500 thoroughbreds a year are slaughtered for human consumption, according to Alex Waldrop, president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.”

Yes, that’s right, one of the most prominent, powerful people in racing concedes that multiple thousands of “equine athletes” are brutally and violently bled-out and butchered each year. (Waldrop’s number, 7,500, shocking as it is, is almost surely understated: One industry-linked vet puts it at 10,000-12,000; an apologist writer says it’s even more.) This, alone, should be enough for all Americans of good conscience to support the abolition of this vile industry.

A reminder – photos from the slaughter pipeline (courtesy of Animals’ Angels):


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  1. Anything that does the SLAUGHTER of Multiple Thousands of Innocent Horses…MUST be OVER. These beautiful majestic babies did not ask to be born to end up like this. This is beyond torture You UGLY scumbags who are perpetuating this Atrocity,will be judged someday,you f’n scumsuck.

    • Omg mothers and babies! How sick are we? Everything is about the mighty buck and the hell with everything else. No humanity, care or concern for anyone but ourselves. I am horrified.

      • TOUCHE’ Rita – they breed them to use as “money machines”, when only a TINY % of them ever pay for their feed & of what THEY BREED ABOUT 85% OF THOSE END UP AT SLAUGHTER- the jockey clubs grossly uncounted animals & the numbers they ADMIT TO YOU KNOW ARE NOTHING BUT LIES, THEY LIE ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE, THEY SHOULD ALL BE POLITICIANS & work for the establishment they are so good at lying & the same people have been on the boards of every thoroughbred organization for the last 75 years, you can’t pull them out of their power positions with a tractor , they admit to 20,000 thoroughbreds being born every year & then 10,000 of those end up in mexico or canada at a GRUESOME SLAUGHTERHOUSE & SUFFER THROUGH THE MOST HORRIFYING THINGS YOU HAVE PROBABLY NEVER SEEN – BUT IT IS OBSCENE what they do to these animals on the way to slaughter, it is HORRIFYING. So forget every number you hear from them & multiply it by at least 3 or more. THEY BREED TO BET, THEY BREED TO DRUG, THEY BREED TO BEAT, THEY BREED TO ABUSE, THEY BREED TO STARVE, THEY BREED TO SLAUGHTER.

  2. “But, but, but…not true! We treat our horses like royalty! We LOVE our thoroughbred athletes! Just come tour the backside of our track, and see how we cater to them. Wait, stop! Don’t look that way: look over here. See the pretty pony getting another bath? See? They love baths! Just ignore the meat wagon pulling up over there. All you need to see is right HERE.”

  3. Y’all are doing a great job! I agree that the only solution is no horse racing or zero drugs. Since there is no way to test designer drugs, the horses will always be drugged. I don’t want to interfere with your work, but I would like to stay in touch, looking for ways to promote your agenda… Sherry DeBoer

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. How can ANYONE look at those precious souls….. and say this is ok. All of you involved in this trainers,owners, etc. you all have blood and the sin of murder . You have NO CONSCIENCE HOW do you live with yourselves? Go ahead you shit for faces, explain it away,we’re waiting to hear your excuses. …we’re waiting …….

    • Yes, Bonnie, notice how they go deaf when asked how they rationalize these thousands sent to slaughter? Or, “It wasn’t me! My horses are sold to responsible, reputable buyers who provide them a good home.”

  5. This is the vile truth behind the thousands of racehorses required to fill races for these vile people.
    It’s bad enough that this goes on, but in the light of billions of dollars of sales and wagering profits this is an abomination of this killing business.
    It’s nothing but a blood bath.
    How dare our politicians continue to support this with millions of precious taxpayers money?
    How dare they divert even one cent from casino profits from our communities to support this?
    They have blocked my Twitter accounts repeatedly, they get my IP address and they block me and my freedom of speech even though I don’t even come close to bullying horse racing people the way they bully me.
    You can do all you want to me, but I pledge to continue to be a voice for the racehorses because you pro-horse racing people are all about brutality and to claim that you love these horses qualifies you as deliberately delusional and mentally deranged.

  6. Loser horseracing is considered a “niche” sport. NOBODY will give a F’n rat’s ass,it’s such a pathetic lick ass nothing,that it doesn’t even register. I can tell you this today’s young people think you ugly old ass losers are NOTHING,NADA, you don’t even register to these kids,and oh yeah,they find what your doing to these poor horses as fucking SICK. Today’s young people are health conscious and AWARE,they don’t want your corny BULLSHIT.

  7. I, for one, would not be at all surprised if the number of thoroughbreds sent to slaughter from the US is far higher than the estimated 12,000 per year, having read previous articles on this topic of race horses and slaughter.
    The thing that really gets to me is the surreal high society and glamour image that is associated with owning and running a race horse, or, attending the big races. People looking like fools all dolled up in their fancy hats and dresses, their elegant suits and attire, to bet on and watch what is no more than a torture-factory event, where suffering and frightened, exhausted and bewildered animals are released from 23 hours a day solitary confinement, are tongue tied, perhaps drugged, wearing painful bits and whipped as they are driven to run as fast as their underdeveloped bodies can take them.

    • Absolutely Anne – an antiquated business model that resembles the Romanesque Gladiator type animal killing sprees taking place in an arena while the “elite” looks on.
      The arena the “ring” is where the brutality, killing, and spectacle takes place.
      It’s nothing but a blood bath and horse racing has done a good job at conditioning the public to accept it under the guise of “fancy hats” and a “sport” banner.
      Behind it all is a non-consenting, voiceless, defenseless sensitive living and breathing being tortured and killed while they deliberately hide their doping/vet records that would clearly show a bunch of abusers.

  8. If horses must be slaughtered, then I agree with Temple Grandin that it be done in a US slauhterhouse where at least there will US oversight, laws & humane controls. I have seen the horrendous videos of racehorses that just “don’t run fast enough” to win their owners enough money be collected by auctioneers that sell the horses to out-of-US slaughterhouses where the horses are fed into slaughter shootes meant for cattle that terrify and incompletely stun the horses so that they are still conscious when they are slaughtered and bled out.
    I understand that horsemeat is desired by non-US populations, but that shouldn’t mean that US horses should be subjected to the terror & abuse in non-US slaughter houses. I hate horse slaughter totally, but I am realistic enough to believe that if is going to occur than it should be done on US properties, subject to US inspections & controls.

    • OK,here’s SOMETHING to think about if your ok with Slaughter,think of the horse meat these idiots are eating…these horses have been DOPED UP their whole lives,therefore the idiots are consuming drugs/hormones!!!!!!!! THINK about that.

      • Carcinogenic drugs remain in the muscle meat. People are feeding this to their families. Horses are not raised to be a meal. This is not ok.

    • Horses are slaughtered only because we allow it. Slaughter should not be “fixed” and made more pleasant, because that is impossible. If anything is to be fixed, it should be racing. IF it cannot be done away with,….make it so track owners and racehorse owners pay a fee each year that goes to race horse retirement. Contracts should say when a horse is done racing, or not good enough to race, owner must rehome or send to a retirement farm where he will pay a monthly fee. This will put a pretty good end in those wanting to get into the racehorse business.

    • Part one-rid the USA of slaughter
      Part two-put the SAFE ACT firmly in place.

      That is the order it is meant to be in. McConnell blocked it last time, don’t let that happen again!

    • I really don’t understand “if horses must be slaughtered”. That’s not a necessary activity. Admittedly, I am vegetarian in part because of animal slaughter but horse slaughter is particularly heinous. These are animals that are bred to be used for human entertainment and then thrown away to a gruesome terrifying end. This is completely analogous to getting a puppy, training it, then, after it has grown to trust and depend on you, slaughtering it because it’s no longer cute, and then getting another to do the same thing over. The thought that a horse would somehow be better off being slaughtered in the US rather than in Canada is absurd, the terror is the same. One needs to be particularly evil to get to know a living being on a personal level then slaughtering it for food. You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

  9. Every human who has a heart must cry out against this horrible business! Terror and torture against sensible healthy animals. How we dare to do so! We are not accepting murderers! This dirty business is crime! Stop these people! They are sick in their heads.
    Thank you for your social media work – showing these ugly peoples crimes!

  10. Used and abused then slaughtered
    Humans are the cruelest of species
    Non humans aren’t capable of such cruelty
    I’m ashamed to be a human 🥺😰💔😡
    Greed is never ending

  11. The photographers especially “if you could only see how they’re treated on the backstretch “ give me a f’n break you pure evil enablers. You are a big part of the pure evil along with owners,trainers,etc. Go get a real job. Quit ABUSING horses,because your “rationale “ is a major CAUSE of this corny,loser BULLSHIT continuing. Is that too “deep” for you phony scumbags to understand? ANSWER me you sub-human parasitic leeches. And you all claim your “animal lovers” save your lying b.s.

  12. I admit I’m fired up today ,because I don’t want to see not even one more horse …..killed,maimed.slaughtered,breakdowns,murdered for insurance money,or worse because they have no more to give,you’ve sucked the last bit of life they had in them. You assholes,racing people are the worst of the worst,there is absolutely nothing lower than you leeches,your making money off of the INNOCENT LIVES…HORSES. None of you “racing people” are innocent. You don’t even care when a horse breaks down right in front you …keep taking those pictures,you sacks of shit. God forbid you don’t take your pictures…PATHETIC.

  13. These pictures are heartbreaking. You can see the bewilderment in these horses’ eyes, like they are asking “What did we do to deserve this?”

    You did nothing to deserve this, little angels.

  14. I’m sure you’re on this, Patrick, but if not, there is an absolute bloodbath going on at Del Mar right now. Sickening, but oh-so-predictable for the “safest horse track in the nation.”

  15. Gods going to get u all for this……Are u serious people u are killing these beautiful creatures that work so hard for u….STOP THESE INHUMAN KILLINGS AND BEG GOD FOR HE’S FORGIVENESS..THESE ARE HE’S BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOT YOUR’S!!!!!!!!!!

  16. PURE EVIL…..I have been fighting for over a year..writing letters, emailing senators, congressmen, the President of the United States..NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS…IT JUST GETS WORSE….I am sick to my stomach over it. It is all about GREED and the I DON’T CARE ATTITUDE….IT IS HORRIBLE , CRUEL AND THESE POOR INNOCENT WILD HORSES, RACE HORSES AND ETC. GO TO SLAUGHTER FOR THE ALMIGHTY EVIL DOLLAR….I PRAY GOD WILL PUNISH ALL OF THEM FOR THE EVIL THEY DO….

  17. OMG! this is dreadful, these people are the scum of the earth, need to be put down, they are the reason I am a member of Animal Rebellion, please, everyone who is appalled by this consider joining Animal Rebellion

  18. Recent undercover footage in Australia exposes a parallel situation here. Please see AUSTRALIAN Broadcasting Corporation…. the ABC 7.30 report. The biggest (of MANY) problems is the deliberate OVERbreeding of horses with the deliberate “wastage” of young horses deemed unsuitable, broken down racers AND spent champions. The horse, harness and greyhound racing industries are ALL …. INHERENTLY cruel, by design. 💰 🤑🤮 They need to be BANNED outright.

  19. That is horrifying! I thought horse slaughter had been outlawed in America but people are sending horses to Canada and China to be slaughtered. America doesn’t eat horse meat, they are raised to be a companion, help the military, help farmers and police organizations. Heartless people!

  20. Your Slaughtering Business is Grotesque and Vulgar. Your hearts are hollow and black as hell. Horse’s lives are most worthy, They deserve to be spared. What shall become of all you murdering creeps and Cretins upon that time that’s almost upon us when almost overnight it’ll be compulsory to never eat meat Again..moral compass and all that .

  21. you can EASILY TRIPLE what they admit to – SICKENING LIARS LIE ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE, you know they are lying about these numbers, in one state alone, I watch HUNDREDS & HUNDREDS of OTTR’s & HUNDREDS of unregistered thoroughbreds ( bred to race but didn’t make the track) go through the slaughter pipeline AT A GLANCE.

  22. This is bloody disgraceful you who are responsible for this should be bloody dealt with you should be ashamed of yourselves but I know this is falling on deaf ears 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼

  23. Stop this horrible act of slaughtering horses. They look Abused and treated badly. Let them roam the many acres of America. My heart aches for them. We don’t eat horses they are an American icon. Let them alone. You have raced them to death,let them live their days in peace. Stop killing them.

  24. Isn’t it bad enough the horses are frightened & scard why treat them so horribly. It’s one thing to slaughter them but it’s another to mistreat them that is clearly abuse.why govts allow that kind of treatment I can’t understand. All slaughter animals are abused & the abuse must stop. Horses have beautiful souls, they are strong & majestic yet delacite & easily harmed. So I ask those in charge to@ the very least treat them with respect & stop with the attitude that ” we’ll loose some so we have to cram more in” imagine if it were your beloved pet would you treat it that way?

  25. Whom ever kills them will shurely rott in hell.
    The owners who send them, will never go to heaven, because you have sent them to death when they have made you a wealthy person sham, shame shame on you .evil souls.

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