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New York Times sheds light on cruelty in horse racing

Horse racing has long been a popular sport across the nation, but the attention it got recently was not necessarily positive. The New York Times published an investigative report over the weekend that shed light on the cruelty and danger involved in the sport, Mother Nature Network reports.

About 24 horses die every week on an average American race track, with minimal investigation into why, the Times reports.

"A computer analysis of data from more than 150,000 races, along with injury reports, drug test results and interviews, shows an industry still mired in a culture of drugs and lax regulation and a fatal breakdown rate that remains far worse than in most of the world," the news source reports.

Depending on state to state regulations, many horses are given drugs like cocaine and Viagra and stimulants to make them race faster so the jockeys and others involved in the "economics of racing" make a higher profit. Many substances do not show up on drug tests, and many trainers are never caught illegally drugging their horses because the tests are never run.

Care2.com has created a petition to ban drugging horses, the news outlet reports. 
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