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Was Eight Belles’ death at Kentucky Derby due to drugs, inhumane practices?

The ASPCA issued the following statement on the tragic death of a racehorse — Eight Belles — at the 2008 Kentucky Derby last weekend:

“The fragile nature of thoroughbred racehorses and the stress and rigors that the industry subjects on these animals is loudly evidenced in the tragic death of Eight Belles who, as we saw, was euthanized after both of her front ankles collapsed just after coming in second at the Kentucky Derby,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
Under: Horse Racing, Horses | 7 Comments »