Published December 17, 2012 by delia1979

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

Europeans are eating American horses – but should they?

by Jack Rodolico

Ken Terpenning of Lexington, Kentucky has owned over two-dozen racehorses.  But one in particular made a big impression.

“Silky Shark was everything you’d want in a racehorse,” says Terpenning.  “He was vibrant, fiery, a very happy horse.  On the racetrack, he was a total professional.  He earned over $100,000 in his career.”

Like any athlete, there was an arc to Silky Shark’s career.  But the downward slope was faster than Terpenning could have imagined.  The horse had some medical problems that led to lost races, and then Terpenning fell on tough times financially.  He sold the horse to a man he trusted, but it didn’t take long for Silky Shark to wind up in the “slaughter pipeline.”

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