Horse Slaughter

‘No Way The Industry Can Defend This’: Television Report Shines Light On Slaughter Of Australian OTTBs

In 2016, Australian authorities put a new program in place to begin tracking location and usage of Thoroughbreds before, during, and after their time on the racetrack. In New South Wales, that tracking system was supposed to help officials enforce a ban on sending off-track horses to slaughter. A two-year investigation by ABC News released […]

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Report: Alborano Under Investigation By New Jersey Attorney General

In a two-part series published this week on, writer John Simerman revealed that ICareIHelp, the controversial and now-defunct rescue operation founded by Dina Alborano, is under investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Alborano, a New Jersey resident, gained considerable attention last year for crowdsourcing money to “bail” Thoroughbreds from the slaughter pipeline […]

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Commentary: The Problem With ‘Naming And Shaming’ In Horse Rescue

Everyone, step away from your keyboards for a moment.  If you spend any time on social media pages geared toward horse rescue, specifically rescue from the slaughter pipeline, chances are you’ve seen a comment pop up urging others to “name and shame” the person responsible for the horse’s predicament. What often happens next is the […]

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SAFE Act To End Horse Slaughter Introduced In U.S. Senate

Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced legislation today to permanently end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption in the United States and abroad. The John Stringer Rainey Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act is supported by leading animal welfare groups, including the Animal Welfare Institute, […]

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Commentary: What’s One Thing Racing Could Do To Improve Its Image? Support The SAFE Act

As racing faces a continued barrage of negative press coverage in mainstream media for its safety and welfare practices, the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey writes that there’s one, seemingly-straightforward thing industry groups could do to show how seriously they take equine welfare. The SAFE Act (H.R. 961) is the latest incarnation of legislation seeking […]

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The Meadowlands, Tioga, Vernon Downs Announce Zero Tolerance Policy On Slaughter, Kill Pens

Recognizing the snowballing negative public perception surrounding Thoroughbred racing and, ultimately the imminent threat to our own sport, The Meadowlands has taken the following position regarding horse slaughter and ‘kill pens’; any person connected with Standardbred racing found to be involved in either practice will be barred for life from participation in any form at […]

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Waldrop, HBPA: HBO’s Real Sports ‘Slanted, Distorted, Inaccurate’

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s President and CEO Alex Waldrop released the following statement in response to a segment on this week’s HBO Real Sports, which focused on racing fatalities and the horse slaughter pipeline. Read more about the segment here. “Once again, HBO’s Real Sports presented a slanted, distorted, and inaccurate view of horse […]

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Illinois HBPA Officer Suspended 120 Days After Horse Found In Kill Pen

Stewards at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill., have suspended owner Dixie Harr for 120 days and fined her $2,500 after one of her horses was found in an Oklahoma kill pen. At the time of the ruling in mid-April, Harr was both secretary/treasurer and a board member for the Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, […]

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‘Very Survival Of The Sport At Risk’: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Racing Fatalities

“With so many racehorses dying every year in America, how long will horse racing itself survive?” That’s the fundamental question asked by correspondent Bernard Goldberg on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which aired a 20-minute segment on equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. The feature, […]

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