Jan 19, 2021

Year end update

Dear Friends,

 

I hope this holiday season finds you safe and well. I think I can speak for all when I say 2021 can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, even in a traditionally slower period for the horseracing industry, we at Horseracing Wrongs remain pressed to the grindstone. Every day, as you know, we report facts and data that can only be found at horseracingwrongs.org. In addition, our cruelty investigations continue: identifying and facilitating the rescue of (egregiously) at-risk, still-on-the-track horses and laying bare the stories of just-off-the-track horses who have landed in kill pens or in similarly perilous situations. And of course, our track protests march on.

 

I have also been in close contact with USA Today as the paper has plans for a broad piece on horseracing deaths. Given the news competition over the past year (an understatement), getting a major national outlet to cover this wicked industry is no small feat. We will keep you updated.

 

On December 8, I headlined a live virtual webinar entitled, “Horseracing: Subsidized Cruelty.” This was done in conjunction with a smart, organized Pennsylvania-based coalition whose aim it is to strip that state’s racing subsidies and redirect them where they belong: education. It is our hope that this will become a template for attacking subsidies in other states. The recording can be found here.

 

And finally, since we last wrote, two more racetracks have closed – for good: Scarborough Downs, a harness track in Maine; and Calder Race Course (most recently known as Gulfstream Park West), a Thoroughbred track in Florida. Without question, this (moral) progress is due in no small part to our unrelenting exposure of this vile industry. The winds of change are blowing in but one direction.

 

Thank you again for your continued support, and we wish all a safe and happy holiday.

 

Patrick Battuello

Founder and President

Horseracing Wrongs

Sep 8, 2020

Horseracing Wrongs September Update!

Laurel Park Protest
Laurel Park Protest

Friends,

While much of the world ground to a halt this past spring, including most every other form of legal gambling, horseracing, with few exceptions, was allowed to continue. This entirely explains the increase in wagering that the industry is fond of touting. But rest assured, this uptick is temporary. As soon as casinos begin to reopen, the numbers will go back to normal.

 

Our work, of course, continues, too. In addition to our usual daily reporting on the website - facts and data exposing the racing industry that can only be found on horseracingwrongs.org - we have been working diligently on cruelty investigations: identifying and facilitating the rescue of (egregiously) at-risk, still-on-the-track horses and laying bare the stories of just-off-the-track horses who have landed in kill pens or in similarly perilous situations.


We have also been working closely with advocates in both Massachusetts and Georgia. In the case of the former, attempting to keep Thoroughbred racing from returning to New England (Suffolk Downs, New England's sole remaining track, closed last year). With the latter, we are trying to stop racing from being introduced for the very first time; toward that end, we have had conversations with professional lobbyists about enlisting their services.


Meanwhile, the subsidy (corporate welfare) issue is finally garnering attention from politicians. In February, Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania proposed stripping some $200 million of government largess from the racing industry and using those funds to establish 25,000 college scholarships. More recently, Governor Murphy of New Jersey has sought to cut the $20 million subsidy that that state's racing industry is due to receive next year. We wholeheartedly support, and will continue to lobby for, these measures, as without this public funding much of U.S. horseracing would disappear, virtually overnight. 


Finally, even in these trying times, our protest work continues. In recent months, brave, dedicated, and passionate activists have staged HW demonstrations in front of tracks in multiple states, including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. As long as the horses are suffering and dying, we will stand resolute and strong. We are their voices.

 

For the horses, 

 

Patrick Battuello

Founder and President


 

Investigating and Exposing Cruelty:
 What happens to the horses who survive the track? Used up, no longer profitable to their connections, they are dumped. Our investigations reveal the truth about Thoroughbred retirement: it is a myth. Off-the-track horses are laundered, ending up in kill pens or in the hands of new owners where they often are neglected and allowed to suffer. Our vice president and chief cruelty investigator, Joy Aten, exposes the cruelty and facilitates rescue within the Horseracing Wrongs community, if it's not too late.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your ongoing partnership allows us to continue our work to end horseracing in the United States.

 

  • Investigating and exposing cruelty.
  • Partnering with local advocates to educate about horseracing cruelty in their communities.
  • Contacting lawmakers on both the state and national levels.
Cruelty Investigations
Cruelty Investigations

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May 8, 2020

Thank you for continuing to be a voice for the horses!

Patrick on ESPN
Patrick on ESPN

Friends,

 

The last two months have been trying times for us all.  We have seen major changes in our day-to-day lives, and through it all, you have not wavered in your support for the horses! 

As our team continues to work from home researching, investigating, talking with media and lawmakers to continue our campaign to end the cruelty, we are overwhelmed by the dedication of this amazing community!

Here are just a few of the exciting things happening for the horses this month:

 

  • Founder and President, Patrick Battuello, was featured on ESPN in a piece titled, "Racing on the Edge," on May 6th. 

 

 

While much of the world has stopped, we have not.  Horses are still confined, still training, still racing and yes, still dying.

Because of you, the horses are not forgotten. 

 

Thank you for making our work at Horseracing Wrongs possible. You are all in our thoughts, along with the horses every day.  Stay safe and well. 

For the horses,

ESPN cover page
ESPN cover page
Virtual Rally to #EndHorseracingNOW
Virtual Rally to #EndHorseracingNOW

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