“Drugs and dead horses”: US racing reels after PETA video

Straight from the Horse's Heart

SOURCE: TheGuardian.com by Daniel Ross

As investigations into the sad case of Nehro continue, a whole sport must come to terms with the need for better regulation

Nehro Exercise rider Carlos Rosas gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful Nehro at Churchill Downs in May 2011. Photograph: Jeff Haynes/Reuters/Corbis

Though it contained less than 10 minutes of grainy, expletive-laden hidden-camera footage, a video released by Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in March dealt perhaps the most serious blow to the US racing industry in recent years. This was no inconsiderable feat, given how many broadsides the industry has endured over the treatment of its animals.

In 2012 a New York Times exposé, Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys, brought front-page visibility to disturbing trends including the fact that at the time, 24 racehorses suffered fatal breakdowns across America each week, a rate far higher than in most of the rest…

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