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Horse Racing Cruelty
We needed your input on using animals in entertainment including dog sports
and here's what you had to say about racing and animal cruelty.
July 15, 2019 | TheDogPress.com Survey Responses
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 firstname.lastname@example.org highlighted horse racing and it hit home.
Response was excellent
when we asked our subscribers
Cruelty AND other animal sports such as dog shows,
obedience and field trials, the latter being somewhat comparable to horse
Everyone that answered is
in the sport of dogs and 100% said that horse related events WERE NOT CRUEL! The best responses were selected for
follow-up regarding "Live Animal Performances".
"If it's not done RIGHT, it's WRONG."
Emily Garrett "I support animal performance events. I participate
in dog and horse sports. Anything can be taken to an extreme, so if there
are more deaths occurring at race tracks and continuing to rise, then it
certainly needs to be studied and a cause needs to be identified."
Peggy Atchley "I was a groom on race tracks for 15 years, and I
have to say that 95% of the horses there are treated like the trainers kids,
with good care and attention. Of course there are some trainers who over-use
drugs and keep horses running with injuries, which causes breakdowns."
Deborah Hays "I have enjoyed animal performance events my entire
life. Dog events show us what dogs can do, and we admire them even more. As
for livestock shows at fairs - they satisfy the "farmer" in me. The 4-H Fair
livestock shows are especially rewarding to watch."
Denise Kamine "I think performance events
are entertaining and I truly believe animals like to do what they are doing
or they won’t do it..."
Bonni Bailey "If the animal is thriving and happy then OK. If they
are being severely punished and such then absolutely not. Only domesticated
animals and never wild."
Dee Snoble "I think in general animals are well treated. I do agree
that use of drugs in horse racing needs to stop. I am very unhappy to see
dog racing being stopped by the likes of PETA. We in dog sports need to stop
this trend or none of us will have our animal sports for much longer."
Missy Roach "I've always loved dog shows, horse shows and horse
races. I enjoy some zoos, like the NC zoo where the animals are not in cages
but are kept in their natural habitats as much as possible. I even enjoyed
watching animals perform at the circus."
Joyce Enlow "I think if we allow animal rights zealots to take over
we are in big trouble. I love to watch purpose bred animals do the jobs they
love to do."
"Animal bonds developed through training enhance the
lives of both animals and the people who train them. anyone who has ever
trained an animal, knows you can not make any animal do something they do
not want to do - it is not cruel for an animal to perform, work or show."
Pat Martin "I think it's a good thing for children to see animals
up close and personal and to see what good training will do. Both humans and
animals benefit from their relationships and that should be seen and enjoyed
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