WFLF Study Reveals Disturbing Number of U.S. Thoroughbreds Slaughtered Each Year

Wild for Life Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
March 1, 2012

WFLF Study Reveals Disturbing Number of U.S. Thoroughbreds Slaughtered Each Year

Wild for Life Foundation releases a Case Study conducted on the number of Thoroughbreds that die at slaughter annually. The findings represent a detailed portrait of the U.S. Thoroughbreds slaughtered in the years 2002 through 2010, as compared to annual Thoroughbred foal crop.

The case study is based on data published by the U.S. government and the Jockey Club. According to the study, an amount equal to 70% of the annual Thoroughbred foal crop, on average, die at slaughter each year.

“The polls have shown that the vast majority of those in racing want an end to the transport of their horses to any slaughterhouse,” said Jo Anne Normile, founder of Saving Baby Equine Charity and CANTER, the first organization to take Thoroughbreds right from the track to safe havens. “But for every Secretariat, for every Seabiscuit, there are tens of thousands of racehorses whose experiences on the back lots of the country’s tracks tell a different story.”

“As more race tracks scramble to implement programs to protect thoroughbreds at the end of their careers, it is important to remember that this same horrible fate is imposed on many that never have a racing career.” — Shelley Abrams, Racehorse Owner, Co Founder Americans Against Horse Slaughter.

“Without federal protection, aftercare programs cannot safeguard our horses from the harm of horse slaughter,” adds Katia Louise, President Wild for Life Foundation. “It’s evident that more must be done by the industry, including a united stance supporting a federal ban on slaughter of horses for human consumption.”

Wild for Life Foundation extends an open invitation to the leaders of the Thoroughbred industry to join the Saving America’s Horses Initiative for the protection of all horses from slaughter. Leaders in the Thoroughbred industry can help champion the way by reinstating an anti-slaughter position and supporting the legislative bills that protect all America’s horses from slaughter.

As part of the initiative, “Saving America’s Horses” is spotlighting the issue through the world's most powerful visual resource, cinema. SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES, the movie is a brilliant and hard hitting expose` that sends a life-changing and lingering message to the public about the need to protect our horses.

"SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES is a sobering wake up call to the need for all horsemen and horsewomen to do more to ensure that our beloved horses are protected. I urge the leaders in the Thoroughbred industry to set an example for the rest of the industry to actively get behind this film and support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act." — Bing Bush Jr., equine attorney

"SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is so important to shed light on the reality of what is happening to our horses everyday in this country. My hope is that every horse lover will come away with a whole new understanding of why we have to protect these magnificent animals after seeing the film" says Nick Zito, Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.

Americans Against Horse Slaughter and Animal Law Coalition join Wild for Life Foundation in its Saving America’s Horses Initiative in calling for an auditable aftercare program for rehabilitation, retraining and adoption for horses whose racing careers have ended must be put into action in all racing jurisdictions and the industry must generate the funds to assist in the transition of horses from racing into second careers. These organizations further recommend that the leaders in the equine industry resolve to a vigorous showing of support for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and put an end to the travesty and tragedy of horse slaughter for human consumption.

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Katia Louise

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Facts that Refute the 7 Most Common Myths about Horse Slaughter

For Immediate Release
Wild for Life Foundation
Animal Law Coalition
February 13, 2012
Los Angeles, CA

 "Facts that Refute the 7 Most Common Myths about Horse Slaughter" is a powerful new tool released by Wild for Life Foundation for the protection of equines from cruelty in the U.S. "The report provides dynamic talking points that directly counter the onslaught of misinformation triggered by the lifting of the defunded USDA horse slaughter inspections in November 2011", says Katia Louise, Founder and President Wild for Life Foundation
Laura Allen, director of Animal Law Coalition observes, "The WFLF fact sheet should be distributed to each member of Congress who is deciding whether to endorse the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. Our opponents have waged an insidious, well-funded disinformation campaign to re-open U.S. horse slaughter houses. Even the GAO was duped. Through its film and research, WFLF brings home that horse slaughter is a cruel, inhumane practice that leaves communities devastated with the stench, the environmental contamination, and the economic losses of this sleazy business. Americans understand this as a recent ASPCA poll demonstrates. More than 80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter for human consumption. It's time Congress and the President heard that."

Katia is also the Director, Producer of the award winning film, SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES. The film is in post production pending final processing and packaging with public release targeted for later this year.
SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES is an intelligent and hard hitting expose` that reveals how government agencies and corporate interests run over the laws that are supposed to protect the horses.
The documented evidence of cruelty, egregious violations of the law and a lack of enforcement by the USDA led to the closure of horse slaughter houses in 2007, but in the absence of federal ban on horse slaughter, U.S. horses continue to be shipped across the borders where they are inhumanely slaughtered to this very day. Now, pro-slaughter interests intend to open once again horse slaughter facilities in the U.S.
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, S.B. 1176, would put a stop to this plan and also stop the export of U.S. horses for slaughter  for human consumption. (The House version of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is known as H.R. 2966.)
Everyone should see this international award winning landmark film, SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES - A NATION BETRAYED.  It's a wakeup call that will undoubtedly inspire the support needed to get SB1176 passed."

Your donation to Wild for Life Foundation is tax deductible and can make all the difference in bringing this film to the public.
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