Friday, May 13, 2011
Horseracing takes terrible toll
The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes: Lee Hall began her May 8 column against horse racing with reference to the annual triple crown races here in the US. Then she mentioned two horses who died last month during a British race, and a third who was “too exhausted to be ridden into the winner’s enclosure.”
She noted that “Of those who race, about 420 each year will be run to death, according to Horsedeathwatch.com, which has tracked horse deaths since March 2007. In Australia’s steeplechase events,” she added, “five horses have died this year alone.
“The horses don’t all die in plain sight. Some racers or jumpers die hours or days after an event, victims of leg injuries or bleeding lungs,” Hall added, before moving on to the horrors of American horse racing.
Bolstered with specifics and strong quotes, Hall’s point of view on this subject, as with most, is unequivocal. “The focus should be on stopping the use of horses, whether that involves thoroughbred racing, jumping and showing, fox hunting, barrel racing, tourist carriages or polo.”
The following link takes you to the complete column, which appeared in "one green planet," the "online destination for the ecologically ethical generation." It’s recommended reading.