Different forms of animal racing have occurred around the world for centuries. Like so many other exploitative industries, the world of animal racing can be lucrative — especially the world of horse racing, where winners are highly valued and then bred for profit.
It’s a common misconception that racing animals receive the best of everything and live comfortable lives where they are loved. For most of these animals, their lives consist of nothing but stressful travel, rigorous training, and being injected with performance enhancing drugs and high doses of painkillers. It’s a life of suffering and heartache, and one that usually results in death when they are either injured or viewed as too old and broken to be profitable.