About

Please note: While our focus here is on a single industry and a single species, Horseracing Wrongs stands against all animal exploitation. We hold that no animal should be bred, domesticated, and used for human purposes. The wrong, as we see it, begins and ends with animal property; as long as we continue to own them, talk of “rights” is positively meaningless. Accordingly, we are not interested in reform or so-called welfare improvements – simply an end, to horseracing, to all of it.

Horseracing Wrongs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to eradicating horseracing in the United States. We are in fact the only organization in the country that is clearly and consistently working toward that end.

Facts, as the great John Adams once declared, are stubborn things. And facts are what we present here. We firmly believe that if those coming to this site do so with an open mind, a fresh lens, they will see horseracing not for how it has been sold – as sport, “The Sport of Kings” – but rather as the cruel and deadly (gambling) industry that it is.

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Patrick Battuello, Founder, President (patrickjbattuello@gmail.com)

Patrick Battuello has been writing on animal-rights issues since 2009 when he launched the Animal Rights blog for the Albany Times Union, one of the first of its kind in the United States. Patrick founded Horseracing Wrongs in 2013. Through his seminal FOIA reporting, he has become recognized as the nation’s foremost expert on racehorse deaths. He and his work have appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, Deadspin; on HBO’s “Real Sports,” CNN, ESPN, among many others. Patrick has also testified (on racing) before the New York State Senate.

Lisa Kirk, Board Member

Lisa Kirk has been active in the animal-rights community for the past 30 years, having protested against puppy mills, circuses, rodeos, trophy hunting, the fur trade, and the dog/cat meat-trade. Lisa also founded Bullie Buddies of Las Vegas, an organization that was dedicated to bringing awareness to the cruelty of dog/cock fighting.

While volunteering at a rescue, Lisa fell in love with a former racehorse, “Twister,” and brought him home, where he was able to live out the rest of his years surrounded by kindness, love, and affection. A former teacher, cheerleading coach, and veterinary technician, Lisa currently resides in Las Vegas with several rescue dogs.

Jennifer Sully, Board Member

Jennifer Sully has dedicated her life to advocating for all animals. With full support from her amazing parents and sister, Jennifer became a veterinary technician in 1994 and vegan in 1998. As time went on, Jennifer realized her voice could be even more beneficial, and she became an animal-rights activist. In 2019, she was proudly named Maryland Organizer for Horseracing Wrongs and has staged countless protests and demos since. Jennifer also organizes turkey vigils in Pennsylvania, as well as a multitude of other Animal Rights events.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys hiking and nature with her fiance – and, best of all, snuggling with their eight beautiful (rescued) kitties! To quote one of the chants Jennifer wrote for her protests, “Rise up. Take a stand. Horseracing should be banned.” Together, we WILL end horseracing.

Nicole Arciello, Executive Director (nicole@horseracingwrongs.com)

Nicole Arciello has been active in the animal-rights community in Albany, NY, for the past 10 years. Shortly after becoming a regular contributor on the Times Union Animal Rights blog, she co-founded Albany Animal Rights, a local advocacy group that protests various animal-use industries – circuses, rodeos, puppy mills, fur, etc.

Jo Anne Normile, Advisory Board
Jo Anne Normile is a former breeder and owner of racehorses. Upon becoming disillusioned with the industry, she left and founded the rescue CANTER – the first organization to take Thoroughbreds right from the track to safe havens (CANTER now has chapters across the country). After leaving CANTER, Jo Anne co-founded a second successful rescue – Saving Baby Equine Charity. She is also the co-author of Saving Baby – How One Woman’s Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption.

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Advisory Board
One of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists, Nicholas Dodman was a professor, section head, and the program director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2016, he was honored as Professor Emeritus. Nick is a founding member of the Vets for Equine Welfare, a co-founder of Saving Baby Equine Charity, and a member of the leadership council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Nick has written five books, two textbooks, and more than 100 articles for scientific journals.

Dr. Kraig Kulikowski, Advisory Board
Dr. Kraig Kulikowski earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University. After the completion of his Doctorate, he completed a surgical internship at the Equine Specialty Hospital near Cleveland, Ohio. He has over 20 years experience in working with Sports Horses.

Joy Aten, Advisory Board
Horses have been a major part of Joy Aten’s life for 30 years. Shortly after the creation of CANTER in 1997, Joy became a volunteer and, eventually, a board member. Her responsibilities as chair of the rescue’s Track Committee took her weekly to the barn area. It was in these backside “shedrows” that she first became aware of racing’s dark underbelly. Joy went on to co-found Saving Baby Equine Charity. She was also an adviser on the film Saving America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed.