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Each week, purposefully-bred, named, trained, and trusting Thoroughbreds from all over the USA are sold through livestock auctions for their meat. It is estimated that 12,000 once coddled and prized American Thoroughbreds are exported annually to Canada and Mexico to be processed for human consumption.
The menagerie of castoffs includes colts, fillies, and geldings who fresh off the racetrack are svelte and clad in new racing plates, lactating broodmares who cry out in search of their stolen foal, mares who cannot hold a pregnancy, or who’s offspring simply have not performed to expectations. No matter their age or accolades, no Thoroughbred is exempt from landing in this predicament.
It is usually when a Thoroughbred is no longer viable for financial gain as racing or breeding stock that his or her value defaults to being priced by the pound. For the discarded horse, the semi-conscious euphemism ‘processed,’ means violently forced to die.
The only chance thrown away Thoroughbreds will have to live is to intervene prior to culling, or to purchase from the holding pens of horsemeat dealers. The timeframe to make the save is on average 72-hours.
When we identify a thoroughbred in a kill pen, we first reach out to the breeder, and former trainer and owners. A very small percentage step up to save their horse(s). Sadly, the majority of past connections that we speak with don’t offer to help.
Currently, no go-to industry source is designated for, or even exists to purchase Thoroughbreds direct from livestock auctions, or from the kill pens of meat dealers. With such a short redemption period, access to immediate funding is a matter of life and death.
We believe that breeders, owners, and trainers should be responsible for this funding – but that is not the case. So, until the industry mandates such, the merciless killing of American Thoroughbreds will continue.
UTF is made up of former Thoroughbred owners and breeders. Our expertise, and hands-on experience spans decades in thoroughbred breeding, racing, retraining, and rehoming. Now, we use our resources to advocate for, and to save Thoroughbreds who are without a say in their own fate.
No matter how fast or how slow, no matter achievements or failures, WE BELIEVE THAT ALL THOROUGHBREDS ARE DESERVING OF HUMANE TREATMENT AND MORAL CONSIDERATION FOR WHO THEY ARE AS SENTIENT BEINGS.
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