Horse Racing is not a Sport

It is simply a cruel mistreatment of horses


I came upon the group, Horseracing Wrongs (their logo above), by accident because of the recent news of several famous horse racing venues being racked by the scandal of a huge number of horses being injured and killed, and even dying from mysterious diseases. If you have ever thought that horse racing was a glamorous and interesting ‘sport’ that wasn’t harmful to horses, you need to read the article embedded above — and I wholeheartedly encourage you to visit their site as well. If you have a soul, it will change your view of horse racing forever.

Worldwide news outlets have been reporting on the recent slaughter of large numbers of horses on racetracks, those great playgrounds of the wealthy. The Guardian ran an article (embedded above) that asked, “Why are so many horses dying at Santa Anita?” Santa Anita Park in California is one of the most famous and glamorous horse racing venues in the world, with a long history of movie star patrons, famous wins, legendary wealth — and the tortured and lives and deaths of thousands of horses.

The Guardian reports: “The famous racetrack [Santa Anita] has been closed after 21 horses died in the last few months. And questions have been raised about the racing industry across the US.” And the question I have is why has it taken this long and this much catastrophe to finally gain public awareness of this barbarous and horrific “sport?” All of this hideous mistreatment and unjustifiable harm of horses has been going on since the beginning of the competitive horse racing franchise, but it is only coming to light now because of an uptick in the number of gruesome injury and deaths of horses.

If there were fewer of these injuries and deaths would our “civilized” and “decent” society continue to be complacently unaware of the horse racing atrocity? We still haven’t seen any real interference with horse racing malfeasance from any government authority. Will we ever? The horse racing industry has begun at least the appearance of policing itself — after huge negative publicity worldwide and louder public outcry they have never been forced to hear before. Could this be the beginning of the end of the horse racing travesty? And the beginning of hope for tortured, mistreated horses?

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