Suicide race should be stopped

Aug 15, 2013

To the editor:

People who care about animals should be appalled that “The Omak Suicide Race” is still permitted, much less promoted.

This deadly spectacle is part of the Omak Stampede held in Omak, Washington, a “race” that sends horses plummeting 210 feet downhill in an almost vertical drop into the Okanogan River.

Horses frequently end up tumbling and falling down the steep drop after slipping or colliding with other horses.

Many have had to be euthanized after suffering broken legs, necks, backs, shoulders, pelvic bones, and knees; some horses have even drowned.

People who don’t think that horses should suffer or be forced to put their lives at risk for entertainment should ask the sponsors of the Stampede—including Wrangler and Pepsi—to pull their support until the Suicide Race is put out to pasture for good.

Jennifer O’Connor

PETA Foundation

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