Horses Abandoned At Racetrack in Pakistan

A racecourse that hosted Pakistan's largest races has closed, and more than 200 Thoroughbreds there are slowly starving, according to the Associated Press.

The racetrack was shut down after a dispute with the government about licensing fees, and possibly 60 horses have died already.

Most of the 600 horses housed at the 250-acre facility in Karachi, Pakistan, were taken to other tracks around the country. However, 250 horses were abandoned by owners and remain loose without food or care. Water and electricity have been cut off to the facility.

At press time, a charity organization following the situation told The Horse that racing was about to start again, but that some horses remaining had been turned out to fend for themselves.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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