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Horse racing: Is it humane?Posted Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at 2:43 PM
Better late than never, I guess, to comment on the fiasco at the end of last Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
Some have said, more or less, that fallen filly Eight Belles was abused and whipped or on steroids.
I've wondered how hard those whips used by jockeys are felt -- and if the horses really, as some claimed post-race, get "up" for the crowd.
One comment -- that "Eight Belles gave her life to entertain us" particularly irritated me.
I realize race horses are expensive investments (let's hope owners see them as more than investments) and are to some extent pampered.
But, if those horses are being abused, then what's the difference between horse racing and chicken/dog fighting besides fans' affluence and governments' acceptance?
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