I didn't watch the program, so cannot comment on the behaviour of the slaughtermen.Published by: John Simpson, The TIMES, on Monday 19 July 2021.
‘Cruel’ deaths of racehorses shown in BBC Panorama film from abattoir.
Thousands of racehorses — often young thoroughbreds — are killed in slaughterhouses in the UK and Ireland every year, an investigation has found.
More than 4,000 racehorses have been slaughtered in abattoirs since 2019, an investigation by the BBC’s Panorama has found. Evidence has emerged of failures to prevent the animals dying unnecessarily cruel deaths.
The programme, The Dark Side of Horse Racing, to be broadcast tonight, shows covert video from one of the UK’s biggest abattoirs exposing apparently inhumane practices. Some of the horses shot dead in the abattoir had enjoyed illustrious careers, winning thousands of pounds. They were associated with some of the biggest names in Irish racing . . .
View attachment 590252[photo: Animal Aid used secret cameras to record the horses’ final moments at the abbatoir in Swindon. BBC ].
Thousands of racehorses — often young thoroughbreds — are killed in slaughterhouses in the UK and Ireland every year, an investigation has found.More than 4,000www.thetimes.co.uk
However, the over production of racehorses has been going on for a very long time, and that is why there are so many being shot. Too many breeders breed from substandard mares, or from one's with compromised conformation, whose offspring are thus similarly afflicted, and thus of no use a a racehorse, and unlikely to find employment as a a riding horse given the oversupply.
I would like to see thoroughbred mares barred from having their progeny registered in the Stud Book, and thus unable to race, unless they have attained an lifetime rating of a certain value, and have retired sound in eyes, wind and action.
Retraining of racehorses as eventers, hunters and so on does go on, and the success stories are many, indeed, in the 70s one of the best horses my father trained ended up as one of the best police horses in the Met. This doesn't solve the problem of their being too many substandard, and thus unwanted thoroughbreds.