We and our supporters regularly re-home ex-racehorses, however as we are not a specific rescue organisation, it is not our primary goal. Our goal is to prevent these horses ending up at saleyards and knackeries in the first place, to alleviate the stress placed on existing re-homing organisations. After all, prevention is better than cure.
While the results that we achieve may not be visible straight away, we believe that we are making progress on addressing a huge issue over a period of time.
For example, only a few short years ago, some racehorse trainers blatantly denied that racehorses are sent to slaughter when no longer profitable. Due to our undercover investigations, it is undeniable that this is the racing industry’s standard ‘retirement plan’ for racehorses.
Furthermore, many people are now familiar with the term ‘wastage’ which represents the horses who are prematurely discarded from the racing industry. Shining the national spotlight on wastage through ABC’s 7.30 program in November 2012 made thousands of people aware of the racing industry’s darkest secret, resulting in a lot of follow-up media for many months after (we are still receiving calls!). You can learn more about our wastage campaign by visiting: horseracingkills.com/wastage
Only recently has the industry started to come out with retraining programs and promote an afterlife for the thoroughbred. While these may be token gestures, the bigger ‘win’ here is that the racing industry knows this is a problem that needs to be addressed.
We must remember that change doesn’t happen overnight, but if we keep up our campaigns and keep raising awareness, then little by little we will get closer to our goal of ending the suffering.
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