From our executive director, Nicole Arciello:
Today is #GivingTuesday and our biggest fundraiser of the year! Your ongoing partnership allows us to continue our work to end horseracing in the United States.
Here is how YOU helped save thousands of lives this year:
Victory in Illinois!
After almost 100 years of abusing and killing horses, Arlington International Racecourse outside Chicago was permanently shuttered after the final race Saturday, September 25, 2021. This is the 40th U.S. track to close since 2000!
Victory in Massachusetts!
In the two years since New England’s last Thoroughbred track, Suffolk Downs, closed, there have been repeated attempts to bring racing back. Having previously worked with advocates in Great Barrington and Wareham, HW took an active, leading role in fighting the Sturbridge plan. In addition to sending out 4,500 full-page inserts (see it here) in the Sturbridge Villager and providing hundreds of materials for activists to disseminate around town, HW founder and president Patrick Battuello and I attended a planning-board meeting in September and the town vote October 28th. We, along with a host of other MA advocates, were there to greet residents – with the facts, the truth about horseracing – as they arrived to cast their ballots. And we succeeded, the measure, in the words of the town administrator, “defeated soundly.”
More Mobile Billboards!
Horseracing Wrongs’ successful Mobile Billboard campaign kept on truckin’ with two more at Travers Day at Saratoga (August) and two at Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup (November), bringing our total to 10 billboards – at ALL the major races – on the year! This was a huge educational campaign and the first of its kind! And we have plans to do even more next year!
Major Media Breakthrough!
Over the past 18 months, the editorial boards of both The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer have called for an end to horseracing on moral grounds! This is a huge accomplishment, and we worked closely – sharing our singular data and insights – with editors at both papers prior to those editorials coming out.
Every day, we work hard educating the public, pressuring corporate sponsors, and lobbying politicians. We mobilize grassroots activism through protests (over 40 this year!), demonstrations and our Facebook Action Group.
This work is absolutely critical, as HW is the only non-profit in the nation solely focused on the defense of these poor animals. And we can’t do any of this without your support. Please give today so that we can continue to fight for the thousands of horses abused and killed by this vile industry every year.
For the horses,
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