How many horses die a year in horse racing? – Profit Tips

1.4 million in the US

In 2012, there were 3.6 million horses slaughtered.

The US and international animal protection groups report that in the years since horses were first brought to our shores from Britain (in the 19th century), and from the Middle East, there has been a steady reduction of their population, down to a current level of about 200,000.

There are several theories as to why this has happened so slowly:

• Many animals raised for food are now given antibiotics (for example, beef and pork), which kill them and cause them to become weak. This is bad as it would reduce the number of animals bred. But in the 1960s, with the introduction of synthetic hormones, there was a large decline in the number produced (it rose again in the 1980s). A number of factors have been blamed for the rise in the use of antibiotics in food (see box).

• Most horses are now kept in overcrowded facilities, and it is far too easy to kill or frighten horses with electric shock. It can be so easy that it is only possible to keep a few healthy at a time in certain breeds, such as the St Bernard, the Australian Bulldog, and the English Cocker Spaniel. For comparison, dogs bred in captivity live in spacious homes, typically with a dog’s own room, a fenced or screened area with exercise, and plenty of room for them to run, play, and do lots of other things.

Animal welfare groups are not very vocal about what they call “sport animals.” They regard the term as misleading. For example, a recent study indicated that some horses in show events had been mistreated. But none were mistreated enough to have gone to the next highest level, which would have been euthanasia (a decision made by trainers who, in addition to working for the animal, have a contract with the promoter – that is, a stake in the event, and whose interest is to promote the animal’s profit rather than its welfare).

• In a bid to help keep breeding animals – and thus boost their profits – promoters do a lot to “educate” the public about the merits of their animals. But they are hardly talking about “fitness,” nor about whether a horse is in “good health” or if he or she is in “fair” condition.

• If a horse is bred out through no fault of its own, he or she is sold to a breeder

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