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Animals have been entertaining people for centuries. Horse and dog racing are part of human culture. Today they are big business an industry of animals.

Thoroughbred racing in the United States is one of the largest spectator sports in the country. The life of these horses is not as glamorous as the event.

It takes a horse five to seven years to mature. In this industry horses are put through a rigorous training galloping before they are two when their leg bones have not fully developed. It is not uncommon for weanlings to be put out to pasture with only feeding time contact with people. When they are yearlings, they begin their racing training. Half wild for lack of human contact they must be tranquilized for safe handling. The young horses are entered in races by the time they are two. Many of these immature horses explode their cannon bones during a race and must be put down. This is a regular occurrence. Thoroughbred racing could be comparable to letting ten year old boys play in National Football League games.

Greyhound racing began in the United States 1800’s when farmers imported the dogs to hunt jack rabbits that were overrunning their fields. The farmers began racing their dogs and in 1919 modern day dog racing opened in California. Today it is the sixth most followed event in the country. These dogs are kept confined when not working. Many are destroyed when not performing. The Greyhound rescue places dogs in homes throughout the country.

Milwaukee area residents who are interested in adopting a Thoroughbred race horse or a racing Greyhound can contact the respective rescue associations.

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