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Ask Your MP to Back Early Day Motion for Racehorses

Posted 17 December 2008

Every season the clock ticks down to death and destruction for thousands of race horses. Hundreds are shot in the head on racecourses or during training due to catastrophic injury, whilst thousands more who lack the ability to race meet the same fate in the slaughterhouse.

Now, Portsmouth South Lib Dem MP, Mike Hancock, has tabled an important Early Day Motion (EDM) calling on the Government to undertake a full audit of racehorse production, death and injury, and to make its findings public. He has also urged the government to curb the industry's over-breeding of Thoroughbreds.

Animal Aid already collates details of race horse deaths but we recognise that not all injuries and fatalities come to our attention.

The racing industry is largely self-regulated. It is, therefore, vital that it should present detailed information on the fate of Thoroughbreds so that an informed public and political debate can take place.

  • Approximately 18,000 foals are born into the closely-related British and Irish racing industries each year, yet only around 40% go on to race.
  • Some horses who do not make the grade are used in other equestrian events but many others are slaughtered for meat or repeatedly change hands in a downward spiral of neglect.

  • Around 6,000 horses leave British racing every year. The industry provides an insultingly small amount for their care.
  • Each year, more than 400 horses die or are destroyed due to racecourse or training injuries.

Please ask your MP to sign EDM 285. You can view the wording of the EDM here.

If you or your MP require further information, please download our Factsheet and our report, Bred to Death.

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