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.