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News stories tagged with "animal-welfare"

2008 Kentucky Derby horse Eight Belles was euthanized after breaking two ankles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
2008 Kentucky Derby horse Eight Belles was euthanized after breaking two ankles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In horse racing, balancing animal welfare with the bottom line

Horse racing is in the midst of its triple crown, with the Kentucky Derby this past Saturday, the Preakness later this month in Maryland, and New York's Belmont Stakes coming up in June. Breeding and training thoroughbreds and harness horses has been a tradition in our region for decades. But the industry is changing, with some saying it's in crisis.

Over the last three years, the New York Times reports some 3,600 horses have died at the nation's tracks. Modern technology might have saved some of those animals, but the bottom line, as many owners see it, is that healing a horse is often too expensive. WEKU's Leslie Guttman reports on the equine hospitals where life-saving care is balanced against the bottom line.  Go to full article

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