Like so many Thoroughbred horses before him, Charlie’s Quest was on the brink of a fatal breakdown: During PETA’s investigation of trainer Steve Asmussen, they found that he had been drugged and forced to race for years, despite multiple injuries and fractures. His future was grim. But that all changed after PETA rescued the horse—who now goes by just “Charlie”—from his misery.
“My husband and I rescued almost 20 animals together during our life together. And Charlie is the first animal I’ve adopted on my own. So this means a lot to me. I like to think that I’m adopting him in memory of my own late husband, Greg.”
Charlie now has the freedom to graze on grass and run in the big pasture with his new friends, fellow rescued horses Henry and Caroline.
And unlike his days on the track, Charlie now runs only when he wants to.
What You Can Do
Please urge your U.S. representative to support the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2015 (H.R. 2641), which would increase oversight of drug use in horse racing and raise penalties for drug overuse.
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”