As reported in The New York Times, PETA (People for the ethical treatment of Animals), fired a blow to the core of the sport of horse racing with an undercover investigation into the practice of cruel methods in the training and running of thoroughbred race horses. Their nine-minute video, highlighting the dark side of their findings, which includes well-known members of the sport, can be viewed below.
While Horse Racing Nation does not agree with many of the tactics employed by PETA in their crusade against racing over the years, this video casts a shadow on aspects of the sport that we believe need to be addressed.
HRN stands by the majority of horsemen who treat their horses with care, dignity, and affection. This video is one-sided, and agenda driven in nature, but at the same time, it clearly shows that the sport still has many hurdles to overcome to move towards the sport we all want it to be.
Horse Racing is our passion. We fully support positive change, and invite racing fans, and bettors, to lobby for changes to rules that ultimately are good for the welfare of the horse.