Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Truth Behind The Kentucky Derby: Used Thoroughbreds are Shipped to Canada and

Hello again to you all.  I received this email regarding the upcoming Kentucky Derby.  Sadly, there is a truth behind the Kentucky Derby many have not heard of.  As you’ll read below, “Due to the recession, donations to rescue organizations are at record lows and many thoroughbreds are being shipped to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered. “ 

Please read on.  There is a link to a press release for more information - http://www.prweb.com/releases/horseslaughter/kentuckyderby/prweb2323154.htm

I know that you have covered horse related issues in the past and
thought you might be interested in this release:

As you know, May 2nd marks the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby in
which many of the world’s fastest thoroughbreds will compete.

Yet there has rarely been a more difficult time for these magnificent
animals.   Due to the recession, donations to rescue organizations are
at record lows and many thoroughbreds are being shipped to Canada and
Mexico to be slaughtered.  (Some of these same animals have earned
millions of dollars for their previous owners.)

Without sufficient funds, nonprofits are unable to save these
ex-racers.  To remedy this situation, Chez Chevaux , a
Washington-based thoroughbred rescue organization, has issued a Derby
Dollar Challenge.  The organization is seeking to raise $135,000
before the Derby, reminding potential donors that even a single dollar
can make a tremendous difference in horses’ lives.

I would be incredibly grateful if you could mention this in your blog.
 Every day, more and more thoroughbreds who could be retrained are
needlessly going to slaughterhouses.

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