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James Cromwell to the Jockey Club: Retire Those Racehorses!

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Actor James Cromwell‘s commitment to animal rights plays out both in his actions off-screen and in his film choices: you might have seen Cromwell in “Babe” or more recently “Secretariat.” The latter of the two must have inspired Cromwell, as he is now stepping in to fight for the rights of racehorses.

With the Kentucky Derby over and the Triple Crown still under way, Cromwell has addressed The Jockey Club on behalf of PETA, asking them to consider PETA’s Thoroughbred 360 Lifecycle Retirement Fund.

The program would require jockeys to contribute $360 every time they register a new young horse, which would go toward a general fund to provide care for retired racehorses. It’s kind of like Social Security for horses.

Currently, most racehorses are sent to slaughter once they’re too old to race. “These magnificent animals should not end up on a meat hook after a terrifying journey to a terrifying death,” wrote Cromwell. He went on to urge The Jockey Club to implement the program, as they are the only organization to deal directly with thoroughbred racehorse owners everywhere.

This is just one of Cromwell’s many campaigns and causes. We caught up with Cromwell at the Humane Society’s Genesis Awards in March, where he told us about his involvement with “Farm to Fridge,” a film uncovering the practices of the factory farming industry, his support of wolf conservation, and his suggestions for people to go vegan.

With all of the buzz about the Kentucky Derby still in the air and the Preakness coming up, now is the time to bring this issue to light. You can check out a video about the program and sign an online petition through PETA’s website.

That’ll do, James. That’ll do.

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