AR-News: (USA) Horse racing letter-The Journal News

molly mgh at
Sat May 15 18:48:33 EDT 2004

>   In today's The Journal News:
> (
> Cruelty abounds in horse racing
> (Original publication: May 15, 2004)
> Though the Kentucky Derby is still a popular draw, questions are 
> finally being asked about this archaic event, and about horse racing 
> in general. A recent New York Times article, "Down the stretch they 
> go, carrying a controversial tool," discussed at length the practice 
> of whipping horses during a race. I wish it had gone further.
> According to an article by Michael Korda in Reader's Digest, ". . . 
> horse racing is a cutthroat business. The thoroughbred industry 
> breeds far more animals than it needs, and the only thing that 
> matters is winning races. That means pushing horses hard when they're 
> still young, with soft bones, and sometimes continuing to race them 
> even when they're injured. When animals develop crippling leg 
> problems . . . they can be sold for between $350 and $500 to the 
> slaughterhouse industry and then processed into meat." (Oct. 2003)
> Trainer Nick Zito says, "They go 45 miles per hour, weigh 1,000 
> pounds and have ankles as big as yours and mine." Agrees New York 
> Daily News racing columnist Bill Finley, "The thoroughbred racehorse 
> is a genetic mistake. It runs too fast, its frame is too large, and 
> its legs are far too small. As long as mankind demands that it run at 
> high speeds under stressful conditions, horses will die at 
> racetracks."
> The Bronx Bar Association has sponsored a "Day at the Races" at 
> Belmont for the last three years; it is currently seriously re-
> thinking this sponsorship, having been presented with evidence of the 
> abuses involved in this cruel and exploitative endeavor.
> When profit is involved, the animals always lose. Always.

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