I've had to play with the idea of writing this blog. I work in the industry and my name is easily associated from my blog and social media outlets. However, at the end of the day, I am a horse owner, lover, racing fan and lover of the sport. I live in the USA, and for first time in my life, I'm playing the freedom of speech card. I need to vent, I need to write.
PETA and horse racing have a long standing relationship. When something happens, have no fear, PETA is there. I am all for animal rights, I do not believe in using them in laboratories, abuse, etc. However, my problem with PETA and horse racing comes from the lack of facts provided in the past.
Thoroughbreds = bred to run. While some are lazy, most thrive in a racing environment. The true horsemen of the sport take extremely good care of the animals. Without the horse, there is no sport. I could go on and on about why I don't think the act of racing itself is a problem and how the daily life of the horses living at a track isn't all that bad, but it's not my purpose here. If people want, I'm happy to write about it in it's own place in time.
Here are your articles from yesterday:
- Report: PETA Probe Alleges Cruelty to Horses - Blood-Horse
- PETA accuses Asmussen stable of mistreating its horses - DRF
- Statement from Breeders' Cup
- Statement from NTRA
- PETA Accuses Two Trainers of Cruelty to Horses - The NY Times Story
There is zero doubt that in the NY Times article, there is some disturbing video and the fact is, it's over a talented horse that died. The owner of the horse is distraught and has vocalized his feelings on Twitter. This is also an owner who I feel, is known for truly loving his horses. They have also removed any horses under this trainer from races they're already entered in - something I admire.
I find myself torn reading all these articles and putting myself in the heat of social media. The main trainer in question is one I particularly despise. Again, I could go on listing out reasons and why I think he is a terrible trainer and not so great for the sport. I should note, he's not the only one I feel this way about, but he rotates with two others for who's in what position of my top three. However, I also despise PETA for historically not getting their facts together before reporting, but I suppose at the end of the day, that is the heart of reporting only one side of a story.
The biggest thing taken away, is the sport NEEDS reform. Drastic measures. We're the only country / region that uses race day medications the way we do. Yet, the organization that should step up as our national governing body, doesn't. How does a single individual like myself promote change? Significant people, not insignificant me, in industry want and know the change is needed. Yet I feel like no one person is really standing up and being vocal enough. Great things have happened in all types of history, small and large scale, when people with a cause are together on the same issue so why isn't this happening?
I know that my blog is sport horse based, and many of my readers are not as passionate about horse racing, but we all know the Thoroughbred is one of the most influential sport breeds so this still has a home here. And it's still something I have felt the need to vent and question myself and my own voice over.
|War Front sums up how I feel. Taken in 2007.|