Horse Racing Is Abusive. Why Are Prince William and Kate Still Supporting and Celebrating It?
The Royal Ascot is an annual British horse racing event, which the royal family usually attends. As with all horse racing, the event is built on animal abuse, pushing unconsenting animals to participate in a dangerous sport that kills many horses each year.
Just this past week, Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the races and posted photos online sharing how much they enjoyed this vicious, animal-harming sport. Now they’re facing an outraged public that is demanding they stand up against horse racing and the animal abuse it entails.
Horse racing puts so much pressure on horses to push past their limits, it puts them at risk of severe injuries and even death. On average, 24 horses die every week just on U.S. race tracks alone.
To win races, trainers frequently drug horses with substances like painkillers and alcohol. This prevents horses from realizing how badly they’re injured so that they’ll run through the pain. But running through injuries only worsens them, making it more likely the horse will be euthanized. Even worse, animals that don’t “win” enough races or become too old and tired are often sold off to become slaughterhouse meat.
All this is just so humans can enjoy entertainment at the cost of these horses’ health and lives! Why is the royal family openly supporting and encouraging this selfish, heartless cruelty?