Thoroughbred racehorse Coming Home, the granddaughter of Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled and the cousin of the doomed Derby entrant Eight Belles, was bought by a “meat buyer” at a livestock auction for $200 and was hours from being trucked to a slaughterhouse when a PETA investigator rescued her. Coming Home will at last come to a real—and permanent—home on a PETA member’s farm, where she will never again have to fear for her life.
Coming Home relaxes with some friends after her rescue.
Thoroughbred owners and breeders in the U.S. may be thinking about the Kentucky Derby when they bring nearly 30,000 new thoroughbreds into the world every single year. But the derby is a dream. A livestock auction and a bolt through the brain are the reality for 10,000 castoff thoroughbred racehorses this year. Owners who pay exorbitant stud fees turn their backs on horses who are too old or injured to run or who are just not fast enough.
With the Kentucky Derby taking place this weekend, PETA is asking The Jockey Club, which registers all thoroughbred foals, to protect them by setting up a retirement fund called the “Thoroughbred 360 Lifecycle Fund.” Owners and breeders would pay a $360 retirement fee for every foal, broodmare, and stallion they register and for every ownership transfer. This would generate more than $20 million every year that would go toward providing a humane retirement for the two-thirds of horses bred who are discarded by the industry.
Please e-mail the Jockey Club and ask that it adopt PETA’s retirement plan. If owners and breeders are going to continue to crank out thousands of foals—and rake in millions of dollars off the winners’ backs—the least that they can do is put some money aside for the horses who aren’t quite fast enough to outrun the butcher.
It’s about time the horse breeding industries stand up and be responsible! Enough is Enough; The sales of the young and breeding stock have fallen dramatically which one would think that would be your first sign. Secondly the economy is in the toilet and people can barely feed themselves never mind their animals. While the breeders are lining their pockets with money thousands are suffering and it’s not only in the Thoroughbreds -it’s Quarter Horses, Arabians, Mustangs, Imported breeds, equids of all kinds and breeds. If every breed registry would STOP breeding for 5 years there would still be enough horses in this country to fill the void! enuff said 🙂 While on the subject of population control who was the idiot that thought spaying the wild mustang mares is the answer – really?? Talk about being costly!Round up the young colts and castrate them before they become stallions and get the young stallions and do the same allow 200+ mares per stallion thats plenty and I guarantee he WILL NOT breed 100 in a season or by choice! It won’t be as costly – and these people are in charge – very scary indeed!
Laurie Allen Winchester, Va
Video said: There are more than 20,000 unwanted thorougbreds in the United States. Yet the horse racing industry continues to breed 30,000 new thoroughbred foals every year.
That’s so sad! Why aren’t there strict laws in place?!
This is just one of the many reasons why more women need to go into politics. We tend to be more sympathetic to the suffering of innocent animals. You really think those old white dudes in Congress give a hoot about animal abuse? Of course not. Most politicians only care about money and their own interests and careers.
Schools should start preparing girls for careers where they could really make a difference like politics, media, and business.