Giving Voice

Horseracing Wrongs

The following letter from one of our followers, Rick Bowman, appears in The Roanoke Times today. I would encourage readers to leave comments on the paper’s website.
Thank you, Rick.

“The Kentucky Derby is upon us. This is the day when the racing industry will attempt to put a happy face on a brutal and ugly sport. I’ve owned race horses in the past and have seen first hand what this industry is all about.

“More than 2,000 horses are killed racing or training across America every year and hundreds more die in their stalls. If a horse actually survives racing, many are sent to slaughter. That’s their reward for being kept in 12×12 stalls 23 hours a day for almost their entire lives.

“Another dirty little secret of racing is that many horses are drugged or doped to mask injuries and numb pain. Some are legal, but many are…

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