Sunday, May 4, 2008

We the Humans: Animal Violence

Why do we refuse to put the brutal game of racing in the realm of mistreatment of animals?

At what point do we at least raise the question about the efficacy of thousand-pound horses racing at full throttle on spindly legs?Eight Belles was another victim of a brutal sport that is carried, literally, on the backs of horses. Horsemen like to talk about their thoroughbreds and how they were born to run and live to run. The reality is that they are made to run, forced to run for profits they never see.And who knows how many horses die anonymous deaths? Eight Belles, we’ll write, was merely the casualty of a brutal game.But one death is too many. The miracle of the sport of kings is that there aren’t more. But how many more do we need?

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