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In Memory of Deputy Broad (video tribute)

This site is in honor of an ordinary thoroughbred racehorse named Deputy Broad. Born in Florida, he was last raced in West Virginia on July 11, 2011 and slaughtered in Canada on July 20, 2011. He was six years old, and had career earnings of $39,641. His last owner never gave him the chance of a second career.

Deputy Broad stands for thousands of other race horses who have the same fate. Some are thoroughbreds; some are quarter horses, Arabians or Standardbreds.  All were athletes, bred and trained for the enjoyment of fans and spectators. They all deserved a better deal; the slaughter houses of Mexico and Canada, and ultimately, the dinner plate, must not be the final destination for our used-up athletes or our inconvenient horses.

Yet the vast majority of horses sent to slaughter do not come from the racing industry. They are working draft and carriage horses, performance horses, mustangs, former companion animals, and mares with their foals used in the female hormone replacement industry (ie. “premarin mares”). But whatever the breed and wherever they come from, equine slaughter is inhumane and unacceptable; there are always other options whether that is euthanasia or re-homing.  Please click on this link to see the reality behind the words.

Here you will find relevant and pertinent information on the equine slaughter issue, including much needed facts on the realities of the auction/slaughter pipeline, and links to pending bills and policies that need your comments. You will find resources to help you understand and unravel the myths about equine slaughter, and contact information for key organizations and associations.

Thank you for taking time to read the information on this site, for using this information to calmly discuss this difficult issue from a perspective of compassion and knowledge, for contacting our representatives in Congress as well as leaders in equine associations and the AVMA, and thank you most of all for remembering Deputy Broad and the tens of thousands like him. RIP Deputy Broad and all the lost horses. We will not forget you.