Wirth: The racing industry needs to take a stand against slaughter
In The Saturday Post, Jennifer Wirth takes the U.S. horse racing industry to task for its failure to take a united stance against horse slaughter. Instead, writes Wirth, while the racing industry remains silent, pro-slaughter advocate and Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis has stepped up as a representative of “horsemen” in the media. Wallis has taken the national media spotlight, referring to horse meat as “tasty,” while issues such as bute contamination in racehorse meat are swept under the rug.
It is a sad reality that horse slaughter perpetuates more slaughter, writes Wirth. Slaughterhouses begin breeding horses for the sole purpose of slaughter as supplies of unwanted horses dwindle. Yet major players in racing have not stepped up to show their concern or offer counter approaches to slaughter.
Wirth poses some poignant questions:
“What would the ‘horse world' look like in mainstream media if prominent trainers, high-profile owners and celebrity jockeys publicly opposed slaughter and called for the passage of the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act?
“What if our industry began to brainstorm long-term funding initiatives to ensure the humane treatment of ‘unwanted' horses throughout their natural lives?
“And, what kind of money could be raised to provide for ‘unwanted' horses this year if we cancelled the races for one single day at every track in this nation and donated the scheduled purse money toward rescue efforts?”