Racehorse champion Wigmore Hall destroyed at packed course
One of Britain’s top racehorses is shot dead at a packed course after shattering his leg.
Wigmore Hall was killed behind a large temporary screen, put up on the track to prevent thousands of fans witnessing his final distressing moments.The champion horse broke a leg less than three furlongs from the end of a race at Doncaster last Saturday.
Supporters of the death sport insist that these horses receive better care than most animals; however, it is well known and understood that many horses simply ‘slip through the cracks’ and their whereabouts end up unknown; others, including champions, are simply discarded when they are no longer profitable and killed at the knackery. There are a few wonderful charities out there that rescue and rehome as many horses as they can, however in the grand scheme of things many, many more suffer and are lost than can be saved.
The painful way in which Wigmore Hall died is common amongst horses forced to race - Thomas Tobin, of the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky, has shown that “horses’ bones actually become weaker during the course of a race, sometimes by over 40%. The results can be appalling.’ Given the huge investment that owning a horse requires, reported one Kentucky newspaper, “simply sending one to pasture, injured or not, is not an option all owners are willing to consider.” Care for a single horse can cost as much as $50,000 per year.
Fans of horse racing argue that it is kinder to euthanise animals who suffer breakages or other agonising injuries/ailments during their ‘career’ - of course it is kinder to put them out of their misery, but let’s remember they don’t choose to race, they only get hurt in the first place because we bet on them, and they die and suffer for no other reason than profit. And let’s remember that 1153 horses have lost their lives in just 2749 days - all because they are forced to race and train for racing.
For more information regarding the dangers and abusive practices within the horse racing industry, please see an earlier post.