Meet Praise the Winner (Seungja Yechan in Korean). He raced four times and was scratched from his fifth race. His retirement was a death sentence.
Unlike some other horses used for racing, this Australian-born animal never made a penny – unless you count the $50 per kilogram charged for his flesh at the supermarket.
In South Korea, thousands of imported horses like Praise the Winner are sent to slaughter when they’re no longer wanted for racing or breeding.
Eyewitness investigators filmed workers beating panicked horses – including on the face – with poles to force them into an abattoir and then killing them in front of each other. Those confined to waiting lorries could do little but paw and whinny, looking for an escape from the smell of death and the loud screams of pigs, who were also being killed.
No one deserves to be exploited, abused, and slaughtered. Please urge the Korea Racing Authority to stop supporting horse slaughter and to develop a comprehensive horse retirement system: