The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Friday, June 09, 2006

Barbaro's Owner Steps Up to Support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

People's choice not in the Belmont field
11:55 PM CDT on Thursday, June 8, 2006

"...Barbaro, who fractured three right hind leg bones early in the Crown's middle jewel, stimulated a national outpouring of concern that gratified Jackson. On Thursday, she joined activists and announced her support for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, a bill in Congress that would end the agonizing deaths of horses slaughtered for their meat.

Jackson [Barbaro's owner] and her husband, Roy, have been fortunate enough to be able to make sure Barbaro gets every chance. But as horse lovers, the Jacksons want to spare every Barbaro wannabe and those who can't aim that high.

If they fly Barbaro's flag to get it done, the colt's legacy will be a chance for thousands of no-longer-running horses to be matched with a pasture instead of ...

His beneficiaries won't be able to say, 'Thank you, Barbaro,' in so many words. But from the discussions about safer racing surfaces to questions about whether the Triple Crown races are too closely spaced, the buzz since the Preakness has focused on making racing a better place for horses.

Barbaro's tragedy mobilized horse lovers, though the colt faces many recovery stages... [READ ENTIRE ARTICLE]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's all well and good if you can afford to keep a 25 year old lame horse or pay for it to be euthanized. Also, there might be retirement farms in the eastern parts of the US, but in the midwest and mountain areas like South and North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyo, there arent many. If a ranch cant afford to keep a horse that isnt usefull and they cant sell it, they often drop it off in BLM territory, where it becomes a "wild mustang". My own family kept a horse until it far past being of use. The horse was attacked by an animal and almost died because he was too old to defend himself. In the end, we had to take him to the salebarn, since we didnt have the resources to dispose of the carcass had we euthanized him. A lot of horses in this area are now being dumped on public land to die from an animal attack, the elements, or another slow, painful death brought on resulting from old age. I agree something needs to be done about slaughtering horses, but totally banning it is NOT the answer.

10:41 PM


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