If horseracing is a sport, then that word must be redefined, for the competitive racing of horses resembles no other accepted sport on the planet:
In what other sport are…
the bodies of adolescent athletes pounded into the ground without remorse?
the athletes kept in intensive, solitary confinement for over 23 hours a day?
the athletes condemned to a life as (literal) chattel?
the athletes drugged and doped without consent?
the athletes whipped – beaten – for motivation?
the athletes routinely dying on the playing field?
the athletes brutally and violently slaughtered upon retirement?
Horseracing a sport? If not for the gravity involved, it would be absurd. No, horseracing is but exploitation of a weaker species for among the most shameful of reasons – $2 bets. To those who sustain this sordid business, we say: Slake those gambling urges with decidedly inanimate slots and scratch-offs; leave the horses out of it. To those who trade in equines in the pursuit of cash and fleeting glory, we say: Find a commodity that doesn’t bleed; take up a hobby that can’t cry out in pain.
– Patrick Battuello
Please note: While our focus here is on a single industry and a single species, Horseracing Wrongs stands unequivocally against all animal exploitation. We hold that no animal should be bred, domesticated, and used for human purposes. The evil, 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.