The reality of horse racing

The racing industry is a commercially viable earner. It is obvious that the industry runs on profit as a motivator.

above: The stages of a horse being processed at a knackerie. credit: undercover activist footage

While industry figures often claim that animal health and welfare is at the forefront of their priorities, sadly, this is not the case. Through the use of the whip, illegal substances, fear tactics and overworking immature thoroughbreds, the horses are the most neglected part of this profitable venture. The horse’s health and welfare is often compromised in order to maximise the financial return for investors.

The potential financial gains are nearly always the most important consideration to the owners, trainers and bookmakers. Ownership of thoroughbred racehorses is seen by the public as an ‘investment’- despite the fact that very few horses return a profit.