Animal Aid's Race Horse Death Watch was launched during the 2007 Cheltenham Festival. Its purpose is to expose and record every on-course Thoroughbred fatality in Britain.
The horse racing authorities have resolutely failed to put horse death information into the public domain, preferring to dismiss equine fatalities as ‘accidental’ and ‘unexplained’. Even when several horses die at a single meeting, the term ‘statistical blip’ is often deployed.
Animal Aid has produced a series of revealing reports over the last seven years exposing the welfare problems associated with thoroughbred breeding, racing, training and disposal of commercially ‘unproductive’ horses. Their research indicates that an average of 375 horses are raced to death every year. One-third die on racecourses, while the others are destroyed as a result of training injuries, or are killed because they are no longer commercially viable.
The Race Horse Death Watch website includes all the statistics and information to show the scale of the problem. Please support Animal Aid in this important campaign and make a difference!
Also see the article below, from the Animal Aid 'Outrage' magazine, issue 148, Autumn 2007, p4.