PETA

Say what? PETA supports horse slaughter in U.S.

In the knock-me-over-with-a-feather department, the co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told the Christian Science Monitor the radical animal rights organization favors the return of horse slaughter to the U.S., saying the five-year ban has created more inhumane treatment and suffering of horses than slaughter itself had done. A funding bill […]

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PETA sends flowers to NY regulators for banning Dutrow

PETA is sending a large bouquet of flowers to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for its decision on Wednesday to ban thoroughbred trainer Rick Dutrow from New York tracks for a record 10 years. Dutrow, who was the trainer of the 2008 Kentucky Derby winner, Big Brown, and whose horses have won […]

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Thoroughbred auction companies discuss ‘out of the blue’ PETA charges

Representatives from Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. held an impromptu meeting Sept. 16 in Lexington to discuss recent criticisms of breezing practices at two-year-olds in training sales by the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The sales company executives were in Lexington for a meeting of the International […]

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Activists take aim on breezing practice at horse auctions

Thoroughbred auction houses are the latest in the Thoroughbred industry to be thrown into the spotlight by animal rights activists, who decry the practice of breezing two-year-olds at very fast speeds during sale previews, writes Dionne Searcy in the Wall Street Journal. The exercise can put the animals at risk for injury because their muscles […]

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Rhoden: Sport must care for its own

New York Times sports columnist William C. Rhoden gives his perspective on racing three years after the Eight Belles breakdown prompted him to stop covering the sport.  He conludes that, unfortunately, not much has changed in the industry since then: “The horse racing industry must do better. But is this industry capable of doing better? […]

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PETA calls for new Thoroughbred retirement fund

Press Release As the Kentucky Derby fast approaches, PETA is calling for another major reform regarding the thoroughbred horseracing industry’s dirty secret—that more than 10,000 thoroughbred horses from the U.S. alone end up slaughtered for meat every year. At a news conference on Wednesday, the group will put a face on the issue by presenting […]

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Glee star Lea Michele teams up with PETA against horse-drawn carriages

Best known as the golden-piped Rachel on Fox’s hit show Glee, Lea Michele is taking her newfound fame to support PETA’s quest to rid New York City’s streets of horse-drawn carriages. “Imagine for a moment that you’re forced to do hard physical labor all day, seven days a week — whether it’s sweltering hot or […]

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SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH ON DOUG O’NEILL

By Ray Paulick Doug O’Neill was riding high last Friday night. Wickedly Perfect, a filly he trains for the partnership of Peter Moehrke, JR Ranch, and STD Racing Stable, had just won Del Mar’s Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes, and O’Neill was getting primed to groove to the tunes of the B-52s, the rock ‘n’ roll […]

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THE PETA PRINCIPLE

By Bradford Cummings “Sometimes I think this is a PETA site.” These words written two days ago about the Paulick Report by a commenter known as Johnny Mack was perhaps the lowest moment I’ve had since June 16, 2008, when Ray and I launched this Thoroughbred industry news and commentary website. While my tongue is […]

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