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]