Surely you can't just say 'well the beef industry is worse so your concerns about the racing industry are dismissable'?
I come from a background in racing (my father was a trainer).
I note that the article is over 12 months old. Since then, further changes have been made to whip rules in racing which were introduced in 2009. But there are far worse things that happen to racehorses than whipping. The industry is built on cruelty.
My personal opinion is that horse racing is as crooked as it is cruel and the practices that continue here but especially so in Hong Kong, China, USA and UK are appalling. When I see Fashions in the Field and hear about the pomp and ceremony of the Melbourne Cup I think, you're all being sucked in by hype.
Example: Green Moon, winner of this year's Cup, wasn't even mentioned by his jockey, owner or trainer. It was all "we won the Cup!" Well try winning it without a horse, you d'head. Further, that same horse had just got off the plane from Hong Kong where he rode 8 races and was back on the plane that day to race more races. Same with Black Caviar. Why do you think that horse is being retired relatively early? Because they've run the poor mare into the ground and want to save her from breaking down completely so as to make further millions of stud fees.
I could go on but I won't. I want to save a little bile for rodeos and campdrafting. They still use spurs in the latter which is just disgusting and anyone telling you that bullriding and rodeos in general are kind to animals need to spend some time in the mounting yard and watch what implements are used on those poor animals to get them going.
I feel all animals used in this way - for our enjoyment - and that includes those animals that we eat from a factory farmed environment, are all very badly treated and we as a society should hang our heads in shame.
Whipping isn't the only thing I dislike about racing, I agree with all you mentioned. I was pretty horrified about them killing Rose of Peace on cup day too. There just isn't any justification for this practice, or any other where animals are exploited for entertainment and profit.
Whips are the least of their worries. They need to worry about being sent to slaughter even at a tender age of 1 year. They need to worry that if they dont run well enough and make money they are gone, Everyone hates dog fighting but love horse racing I dont see the difference. I have seen and heard so many horror stories on how these horses are treated behind the scenes its sick.
Here is a video for a bit of education for anyone who is interested.
*** WARNING DO NOT LET KIDS WATCH CAN BE DISTURBING******
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