Friends of Ferdinand
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Every FFI horse was rescued from slaughter. FFI
adoption procedures and policies ensure, to the best of our ability, that an
FFI horse is never in-danger of slaughter again. We strive to place every horse in a loving,
caring and knowledgeable forever home.
1986, a thoroughbred named Ferdinand raced to victory at the historical and
prestigious Kentucky Derby. One year later, Ferdinand won the
Breeder's Cup and was also named Horse of the Year. He captivated the
American Public and rekindled the dreams of horse racing internationally.
During his career, Ferdinand earned $4 million dollars and was retired to
stud in 1989. In 1995, Ferdinand, a king among thoroughbred racing,
was exported to Japan, where he was led to slaughter.
Every year, almost 90,000 horses are slaughtered in
the United States. In addition, many horses are shipped across borders
for slaughters. After killed, flesh is shipped across seas for meat.
The largest markets for horse meat include France, Belgium, Holland, Japan,
and Italy. There are only three horse slaughter plants in the United
States and they are all foreign owned.
Friends of Ferdinand is a non-profit organization that is run by volunteers,
who are all dedicated to providing Indiana's racehorses (mainly
thoroughbred, standardbred, and quarter horses) with a chance at life through
second careers and a dignified retirement. Our goal is to foster and
promote the humane treatment of Indiana's horses by educating individuals.