182: Horseracing Wrongs
with Patrick Battuello
Patrick Battuello is the Founder, Director and President of Horseracing Wrongs -- a 501(c)(3) committed to eradicating horseracing in the United States.They are, in fact, the only organization in the country that is clearly and consistently working toward that end.
Facts, as the great John Adams once declared, are stubborn things. And facts are what we present here. We firmly believe that if those coming to this site do so with an open mind, a fresh lens, they will see horseracing not for how it has been sold – as sport, “The Sport of Kings” – but rather as the cruel and deadly gambling industry that it is.
In this episode, Patrick discloses the horrific details behind horseracing that is covered up by the "glitz and glamour" of this multi-billion dollar industry.
Patrick has been writing on animal-rights issues since 2009 when he launched the Animal Rights blog for the Times Union (Albany, NY), one of the first of its kind in the United States. Patrick founded Horseracing Wrongs in 2013. Through his seminal FOIA reporting, he has become recognized as the nation’s foremost expert on racehorse deaths. He has been interviewed by and quoted in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, the Boston Herald, Newsday, USA Today, The Guardian, among many others, and was recently featured on CNN and HBO’s “Real Sports.” In addition, Patrick has testified (on racing) before two committees of the NYS Senate.
** This episode contains graphic detail about horse slaughter at about twenty-five minutes into the episode. Listener discretion is advised.
Current (2019) Stats on Killed Racehorses: https://horseracingwrongs.org/killed-2019/
Protests and Events: https://horseracingwrongs.org/protests-and-events/
To Donate: https://donorbox.org/give-2-1
Contact Patrick: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Nicole Arciello, VP of Horseracing Wrongs:
Nicole Arciello has been active in the animal-rights community in Albany, NY, for the past 10 years. Shortly after becoming a regular contributor on the Times Union Animal Rights blog, she co-founded Albany Animal Rights, a local advocacy group that protests various animal-use industries – circuses, rodeos, puppy mills, fur, etc.
Nicole is also an accomplished vegan chef and baker. She was co-owner of a successful vegan bakery, has presented cooking demos in multiple public forums, and currently teaches vegan cooking for various school districts’ continuing-ed programs.
As vice president of Horseracing Wrongs, Nicole spearheads protest operations (to date, HW has organized and supported actions at 21 tracks, in 16 states) and oversees our social-media and community-outreach departments.
"The Big Lie" by Patrick Battuello:
If horseracing is a sport, then that word must be redefined, for the competitive racing of horses resembles no other accepted sport on the planet:
In what other sport are…
the bodies of adolescent athletes pounded into the ground without remorse?
the athletes kept in intensive, solitary confinement for over 23 hours a day?
the athletes condemned to a life as (literal) chattel?
the athletes drugged and doped without consent?
the athletes whipped – beaten – for motivation?
the athletes routinely dying on the playing field?
the athletes brutally and violently slaughtered upon retirement?
Horseracing a sport? If not for the gravity involved, it would be absurd. No, horseracing is but exploitation of a weaker species for among the most shameful of reasons – $2 bets. To those who sustain this sordid business, we say: Slake those gambling urges with decidedly inanimate slots and scratch-offs; leave the horses out of it. To those who trade in equines in the pursuit of cash and fleeting glory, we say: Find a commodity that doesn’t bleed; take up a hobby that can’t cry out in pain.
– Patrick Battuello