Our Commitment to Horse Welfare

The sale of racehorses for slaughter is a distasteful and inhumane act. Eliminating this practice from racing requires accountability across trainers, owners, and track ownership. At Delta Downs, we are committed to being part of the solution.

We have a strict anti-slaughter policy, and we will enforce it. Owners and trainers who are found to have knowingly sold a horse to slaughter are subject to permanent revocation of their stall privileges. We will punish violators of our policy accordingly.

We are committed to aiding in the process of finding loving homes for retired horses. We provide an alternative to selling retired racehorses into slaughter by providing owners/trainers with information on rehoming resources. Through open communication with the horsemen who race at our facility, we strive to make it easy for them to connect with the local and regional organizations who specialize in the retirement of these amazing athletes.

We are committed to being a part of the solution – and we invite you to join us. We believe that every horse that races at our track deserves to find a good, loving home when it retires. Whether you choose to provide financial assistance or simply volunteer, we invite you to join us in supporting the efforts of rehoming organizations as we all strive to achieve this vision.

To learn more about racehorse retirement, visit one of the links below:


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Delta Downs doing to address the sale of horses for slaughter?
Delta Downs actively supports the efforts of organizations that intercept retired Thoroughbred horses before they are sold to slaughter.

Delta Downs also maintains a strict anti-slaughter policy prohibiting owners and trainers affiliated with our facility from participating in the sale of horses for slaughter.

How does Delta Downs punish horse owners or trainers that participate in the sale of horses for slaughter?
Under our strict anti-slaughter policy, known participants in the sale of horses to slaughter are subject to punishment in the form of revoking their stall privileges at Delta Downs. Currently this is the maximum penalty that Delta Downs is able to impose under state law.

While the sale of horses for slaughter is not illegal, we are vehemently opposed to this inhumane practice.

How does Delta Downs monitor if horses are sold for slaughter?
Delta Downs will work closely with the appropriate authorities to monitor sales of horses associated with our facilities. If we find that a horse has been sold directly from its stall at Delta Downs to a horse slaughter facility, the involved parties are subject to revocation of stall privileges.

If you have information regarding the sale of horses to slaughter, please contact our racing office at (337) 589-7441 ext. 1207 so we can investigate further.

What is Delta Downs' anti-slaughter policy?
Under our strict anti-slaughter policy, we will permanently revoke stall privileges from owners and trainers who are found to have knowingly sold a horse to slaughter.

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