Sunday, May 04, 2008

cruelty

What fun! The hats, the mint juleps, southern hospitality... wagering. Hoopla galore! All dressed up, waiting with anticipation for the song to be sung. The horses parade by, jockeys in their silks.

They're off!!! The herd bolts from their cages. Bright colors flash by. Whips fly.... The crowd goes crazy... RUUUUUUUNNNNN!!!

Winners cheer, losers pout... just that quick, it's over. The winners have celebrating to do... the roses are place, trophy presented, interviews to the media... recap, rerun, again and again. The excitement once more.

I don't get it. I watched it but didn't like it. The majesty of these creatures is breathtaking. They live in million dollar barns, are trained by well paid professionals, beautifully groomed. Then turned loose to fly like the wind for what,the money.

Do they really need to be struck? They aren't fast enough? They run their hearts out yet you hit them. Sometimes they win, sometimes they loose, sometimes they die.

Though an unpopular opinion, I think it's cruel. I'm sad for the animal. It hurts me to watch them. If I were king, it would stop. For the horses and the greyhounds. Watch Nascar instead, they have a choice.

3 Comments:

At 4:12 PM, Blogger alan said...

I heard about this on the radio after the fact and couldn't believe it...

Just after the "Civil" War, an observer wrote about attending the Derby and seeing the horses blowing bloody foam from their nostrils and mouths after the race because they were so inbred their lungs were hemmoraging. He had thought he wanted a "thoroughbred" until then...

alan

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger CrackerLilo said...

*nods* I find it difficult to understand a person who thinks this is oh-so-sophisticated and finds NASCAR beneath them. Thanks for articulating why. At least when a driver says he "killed" the car, he's only being metaphorical.

And Alan...*wow*...

 
At 11:05 AM, Anonymous mj said...

Hi Connie Jean,

Found your blog through "T"s
blog. I couldn't agree with you
more. I have two rescued two ex-racing greyhounds and the cruelty and exploitation that these creatures endure when they dont win
races is shameful.

Makes me sick to see these horses go down like this.

There is such a misconception that
these throughobred racers are
taken care of during retirement.
Thanks for this post.

MJ

 

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