Barbaro discussed on ABC Perspective


Thousand six Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro shattered his right leg right out of the opening gate at the Preakness a lot of Americans were stunned when it happened it is most resources don't live nearly that long I simply euthanized on the track I don't know how are they conducting or whatever and they're maneuvering the horses but it's clearly not getting any better I mean how many more horses have to die for this to stop in the past thirteen months more than forty courses have died at Santa Anita Park in California so what's going on after the twelve who runs the anti Reesing website course racing wrongs dot com says yes what it's not just Santa Anita it's the entire industry and it's happening all over the country what can you tell us about us and I need it seems like we hear about these stories with this particular race track all the time is it unusual in horse racing absolutely not this is business as usual and I pointed that out time and again back last spring one media was reaching out to me since any the averages fifty dead horses per year going back to two thousand seven the only thing that has changed is the unprecedented media coverage what do you think it's getting so much attention at Santa Anita for whatever reason the story started to resonate with the national media after an article appeared in the LA times again we were reporting the deaths as they were happening on our website last year Belmont Park here in New York kill the just as many as in in the in fact over two thousand horses are killed racing or training across America every year over two thousand on your website horse racing wrongs that calm you talk about the big lie and what that is is I you know what we are told about horse racing and what actually happens can you go through that you know some of the steps of you know why this is happening on racetracks and why you and a lot of course are lovers seahorse racing is so cruel the big why is that horse racing is a sport like baseball football basketball what have you in fact it resembles no other accepted sport on the planet these are for first and foremost non consenting participants are these animals are commodified so they're bought sold traded and dumped they are locked in tiny twelve by twelve souls for twenty three hours a day at a recent New York State Senate hearing and which I testified commented equine veterinarian likened that confinement to keeping a child in a four by four closet for over twenty three hours a day these animals exhibit the same Sir to be used and voices that we saw with the ring when elephants and sea world workers to what they do on the race track to these animals again bears no resemblance to what happens it and any other sport these animals are beaten wept for motivation and of course you know they're dying routinely in a we estimate that six horses died on U. S. tracks every day you know when a horse dies on the track there is no stoppage for the day the festivities continue the rest of the races are run there is no moment of silence they're just loaded on to the back of the van and carted away to be rendered or dumped into a landfill how do you combat you know the romanticism that comes along with horse racing I mean Churchill Downs and and you know Belmont and the Triple Crown and it's coming up we're coming up on the big horse racing season how are you dealing with this and and you know getting the word out that you know what there's a lot of negativity and and and very awful things go on horse racing in fact this is no different than greyhound racing and if you were to poll Americans the overwhelming majority would say the greyhound ways racing is cruel or in humane in fact it's it's outright prohibited in forty one states and after the Florida tracks close this year there will be five tracks left in the entire nation clearly it's only a matter of time before it vanishes completely one of the other things that you mentioned is is the age of these horses when they're trained I mean these are the people think that you know a two three year old horses is fully grown but on your website you say that's more like a toddler the typical horse.

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