As if horse racing isn’t dangerous enough—between the excessive heat and the risk of injury (who can forget what happened to poor Barbaro?)—there’s the Omak Stampede and World Famous Suicide Race in Washington.
While some say that the “race” is a chance to take part in a Native American tradition, the event itself actually started in 1936 as a way to boost tourism. For four days and nights, riders force their horses down “Suicide Hill,” through a narrow passage down to the river, and finally, up a 500-foot hill. Since 1983 alone, the race—which takes place each August (this year’s starts on Thursday)—has been responsible for the deaths of at least 20 horses, not to mention countless injuries.
Join In Defense of Animals and the Humane Society of the United States and urge the organizers and sponsors of the Suicide Race to stop what is essentially the senseless torturing and killing of horses in the name of “entertainment.”