WARNING: Significant use of the f-bomb in the following video.
AS DISGUSTING as this is, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Where there’s this much money involved, everything becomes a commodity, a tool for humans to rake in cash. Let’s be real here: Horse racing doesn’t exist for the benefit of the animal. We’re not doing them a favour by exercising them.
This video is the result of a 4-month investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The investigator went undercover with a hidden camera, “working” for Steve Asmussen, “one of the most successful thoroughbred racers of all time” (who, it should also be noted, is also the most penalized horse trainer in the US for rule and drug violations).
On average, according to the video, 24 horses per week die on US horse tracks. If what the investigator uncovers here is an indication of the industry, it’s easy to see why.