The sad fact is that many of these race horses are are often taken directly from the track and sent to auction for sale as meat.
Since the three foreign based slaughter houses in the United States have been closed, "killer buyers" who profit from the sale of horseflesh are now shipping these unfortunate horses outside the United States, to Mexico and Canada where horse slaughter remains legal.
Tonight, May 12 at 10:00 PM, REAL SPORTS with Bryant Gumbel will present a special report airing some of the dirty little secrets about the plight affecting many of our magnificent Thoroughbred race horses no longer able to compete in the sport of racing during his 134th debut edition of the show.
It is my fervent hope that many people will watch the show this evening and will be touched sufficiently to take action to stop the inhumane and cruel practice of horse slaughter.
Many of these horses remain suitable to find new homes where they can begin a happier and useful life. Many of them can be retired at rescue havens where they may be able to live their lives out in peace.
We need to work together in support of the pending legislations H.R. 503 and S. 311, to be finally passed to protect our vulnerable horses.
On the other hand, it is heartwarming to see a lovely mare, named Remarkably, a slaughter bound mare that was "thrown away" given the opportunity to have a new life. Just look at her now. She was pulled from the kill pen in September 2006 and has found a career as a show horse.
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If you are a horse lover and wish to help, I urge you to watch this special segment tonight on REAL SPORTS. Then follow your heart and take action by visiting: American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.