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Horse Racing Cruelty Survey
If you love dogs you probably love horses or you may be a horse racing fan, so we need your input on using animals in entertainment, including dog sports.
June 25, 2019 | TheDogPress.com Survey
TheDogPress.com subscribers know that we do not support the politically motivated “Animal Rights Movement” but our reporters do pay attention. My friend Karen Dawn is our best source of measured, logical and unbiased animal rights or animal cruelty information. This month email@example.com highlighted horse racing and it hit home.
We rarely do reprints but
she covered an ongoing tragedy so well,
ii NetPlaces Network made an exception. With permission, we share this condensed report and
the following New York Times newspaper
“The Sports Wednesday lead
story, "Racing to Oblivion" … is by Joe Drape. He tells us: "Horses have been dying in
high numbers at a premier track and while nobody knows exactly why, the
treatment of the animals -- before, during and after racing -- is under the
harshest scrutiny in years."
"Nearly 10 horses a week,
on average, died at American racetracks in 2018, according to the Jockey
Club's Equine Injury Database. That's a fatality rate that is anywhere from
two and a half to five times greater than in the rest of the racing world.
"Outside of the United
States, medications for racehorses are strictly regulated, policed and
punished, according to the Jockey Club, among the oldest and most
influential organizations in horse racing. Cracking down on drugs is
essential, reformers say, because the drugs allow horses to run unnaturally
fast and mask pain, which leads to more breakdowns.
"This is a crisis for
people in the sport whose livelihoods depend on the breeding and nurturing,
and the buying and selling, of racehorses."
Dawnwatch.com provided the link to the horse racing deaths article
“People who have
been reading DawnWatch know that I am much more excited about the kind of
questions being asked about horse racing by the young hosts at Sports
Illustrated, such as "Why is this even still a thing?" as opposed to how can
we make it less lethal. The story gives us a great opportunity to question
the use of animals in entertainment.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/sports/horse-deaths-kentucky-derby.html (offsite link, copy and paste URL into your browser)
TheDogPress.com agrees but
with the caveat that many animals are better cared for by ranchers,
breeders, animal parks, and breed preservation projects than they would or
could be in the wild. That said, we seek YOUR
opinion on Horse Racing AND other animal sports such as dog shows,
obedience and field trials, the latter being somewhat comparable to horse
Your comments are invited in the cruelty survey below. Please enter your
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Check out some of the best responses in
our follow-up report,
Horse Racing Cruelty Responses *note* we used names for authentication.
Here is what dog breeders, handlers, and judges had to say is wrong with the sport of purebred dogs today
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