An eye-opening new revelation of horse racing in Pennsylvania draws nation’s attention to the track massacre and how drugs and millions of dollars in government subsidies are supporting the carnage.
1,400 dead horses, an endangered sport and huge subsidies – Pennsylvania horse racing faces retribution https://t.co/IN3aW49GxR
– Philadelphia Inquirer Sports (@phillysport) March 25, 2021
In the first three months of 2021, there were already four deaths on Pennsylvania tracks, and last year there was at least 74 deaths on the rails of Pennsylvania. In order to keep injured horses running when they need to rest, drugs are recklessly injected, resulting in bone fractures and death, PETA has reported on numerous occasions.
As one former racing industry insider put it, “This is a pharmaceutical war.”
Despite drugs and death, Pennsylvania’s racing profits from subsidies received from slot machines have totaled more than $ 3 billion since 2004. For all this money, trainers don’t even need to keep horses alive.
PETA saw firsthand the suffering of thoroughbred horses in Pennsylvania. In 2017, we worked to rescue and relocate a horse named Charlie’s Quest, which was forced to race in the state despite suffering from bone chips, arthritis, soreness and severe lameness in all four legs.
To put pressure on the Pennsylvania racing industry, PETA acquired shares in Penn National Gaming, the owner of the Hollywood Casino on Penn National Race Course. Through shareholder activism, we are pushing the operators of this Pennsylvania facility (along with other businesses across the country) to adopt simple rescue changes to protect horses.
Take action to protect your horses – PETA makes it easy
Horses experience joy, pain, fear and all other emotions that humans experience; however, due to arroganceMany are viewed as disposable sports equipment.
Using your phone or computer, you can take action for the horses now. In just a minute, you can join tens of thousands of compassionate people across the country who have already spoken out in defense of horses by filling out PETA’s online alerts. What are you waiting for?
Help the horses now!