The 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival, Australia’s version of the Breeders’ Cup, is slated to begin this week. And already, a kill. Wichita, a 3-year-old colt, fractured a leg in a training session earlier this month, was operated on, and was ultimately euthanized Friday for “complications.” In his brief one-year “career,” Wichita had been bounced from Ireland, to England, to France, and finally, to Australia. Imagine that. Racing Victoria, one of Australia’s governing bodies, said this: “RV extends its condolences to the owners of the horse, trainer Aidan O’Brien, his stable staff and all who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss.” “Their loss” – vile, as usual.
Wichita, as captured by our advocate allies in the U.K., Animal Aid. Animal Aid, by the way, has been recording kills on U.K. racetracks since 2007: Race Horse Death Watch. So you see, this is not an “American problem”; they kill horses everywhere.