Horseracing Wrongs, an animal advocacy organization working to end the cruel horseracing industry in the United States is asking musician and activist, Ziggy Marley to choose compassion and cancel his July 20, 2019 performance at Del Mar Racetrack in California through a Change.org petition.
Earlier this year, Del Mar’s sister track, Santa Anita Park, garnered unwanted national attention with a string of 30 racehorse deaths. But what most people don’t know is that death at the track is, in fact, business as usual: Santa Anita has averaged 50 dead horses annually over the past decade. At Del Mar, 73 horses have been killed in just the past five seasons. At all California tracks, over 5,000 deaths since 1998. Thousands of racehorses die each year on tracks across America.
Founder and president of Horseracing Wrongs, Patrick Battuello, appeared in a segment on HBO Real Sports just Tuesday, entitled “Raced to Death”. In this broadcast, Battuello exposed the wholesale carnage taking place in the horseracing industry: 2,000 racehorses die on American racetracks each year racing or training. And perhaps worst of all, the prevailing wisdom (backed by data) is that the great majority of racehorses are brutally and violently slaughtered once their so-called careers have come to an end –multiple thousands annually.
“In short, ‘The Sport of Kings’ is no such thing; rather, horseracing is but exploitation of a weaker species for $2 bets and frivolous entertainment,” says Battuello. “We live in 21st Century America; has not the time at long last arrived for us to put this shameful cruelty behind us? We can – and should – do better.”
After the release of Blackfish on CNN in 2013 famous musicians were petitioned by animal advocates to cancel their performances at SeaWorld through the platform Change.org. The result: performer after performer canceled their SeaWorld dates bringing more attention to the suffering endured by animals in entertainment.
“In short, ‘The Sport of Kings’ is no such thing; rather, horseracing is but exploitation of a weaker species for $2 bets and frivolous entertainment,” says Battuello We live in 21st Century America; has not the time at long last arrived for us to put this shameful cruelty behind us? We can – and should – do better.”
“Ziggy Marley, you are an iconic musician and an activist who fights for love, peace, equality, and justice. We are humbly and respectfully asking that your compassion be extended to these beautiful animals. Be the first to do for racehorses what the SeaWorld boycotts did for orcas, and in the process, become a model for all others to follow. Please, Ziggy, cancel your performance at Del Mar Racetrack,” says Patrick Battuello.
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