The image the racing industry promotes is that of a harmless sport in which its prize asset - the Thoroughbred race horse - is cosseted and treated like a king.
In reality, no other sport comes close to matching racing's attrition rate. If it did, a ban would quickly be imposed. Approximately one in every 42 horses who starts a season's racing will have perished by the end of it. They will have died as a result of a racecourse or training injury, or they will be killed after being judged to be no longer financially viable. For more information, visit our Horse Racing campaign web pages.
For horses killed racing in Ireland see: Race Horse Death Watch Ireland