Marchbooks' Blog

May 20, 2009

On The ?Sport? of Horse Racing by M.J. Claire

Filed under: Comments from our Authors — marchbooks @ 9:39 pm

The recent running of the Preakness makes me think of how we treat (or perhaps mistreat) the animals in this ‘sport of Kings’. The sad fact is that the price our equine friends pay for this ‘so called’ sport is very high indeed.

The race track is rife with abuse and inhumane treatment of these noble animals. At what point will we realize that the ends do not justify the means? Horses sent to slaughter in droves or animals fracturing their legs in that ultimate race – is this something we can call a sport? Have we lost our conscience? As long as we are not responsible for the abuse, can we then turn a blind eye?

This abuse is taking place out in the open, not in some dank, dark alley. Take what happened to Eight Belles in the Kentucky Derby. If the industry cannot even take proper care of their ‘shining stars’, what is happening to the rest of these animals? This is definitely not an instance where ignorance is bliss. Just because these horrors are not happening in front of our face does not mean that they should not be addressed. Is our entertainment so important that we can justify this kind of exhorbitant price?

Who out there is not crushed by the vision of this amazing animal ‘Eight Belles’ racing toward the finish line on broken legs? I think this is a stunningly sad commentary on the human race that we can remain complicit in such abuse just to satisfy our entertainment needs.

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