Almost 40% Support Ban On Horse Racing

In the wake of Eight Belles’ euthanasia following injuries in the recent Kentucky Derby, a Gallup poll ( reveals that almost four in 10 Americans (38%) say they would favor banning sports that involve competition between animals.

Women were slightly more in favor of banning racing than men, and those 18 to 29 favored a ban slightly more than older age groups. There was little difference in these attitudes by church attendance or by political party. Results were based on telephone interviews, with 1,017 national adults 18 and up, conducted May 8-11.

In addition to the question about banning horse and dog racing, Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs survey updated a broader question about the treatment of animals, last asked in 2003. A quarter of Americans said animals deserve the same rights as humans, while almost all of the rest agreed animals should be given some protection from harm and exploitation.

Gallup reported that the aforementioned attitude toward the treatment of animals is virtually the same as it was five years ago.

1 Comment

  1. Sharon Clark Said,

    June 3, 2008 @ 4:21 am

    I find those pretty scary statistics. Competition between animals is a pretty broad description and could include anything from horse shows, rodeo, show jumping, endurance riding, and racing to dog shows, agility trials, to who knows what else.

    What truly frightens me is that many polled wanted animals to have the same rights as humans.

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