Written by Jeff Mackey
Update: PETA has learned that the New York State Racing and
Wagering Board has just announced a plan that it had
previously formulated similar to what PETA proposed this morning, which will
help ensure the safety of horses during the Belmont Stakes. PETA congratulates
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the board for taking these
precautions. We urge the board to add the following critical measure: While
currently New York Racing Association (NYRA) veterinarians are required for the
administration of Lasix, we urge the board to require that only NYRA veterinarians supply and administer any medication,
supplements, and vitamins as well as any other substances given to horses during the entire
stakes barn-detention period in order to guarantee the safety of the
I'll Have Another, the thoroughbred who recently won both
the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, would seem to be in an exalted position
as the Belmont Stakes approaches—but even horses at the top of the racing world
are at constant risk. I'll Have Another's trainer, Doug O'Neill, has been in
hot water for drugging violations for more than a decade, and there's no reason
to trust him now. That's why PETA is asking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take
special measures to see that I'll Have Another is protected in the days leading
up to the final Triple Crown race on June 9.
O'Neill has been cited more than a dozen times for violating numerous drug rules in multiple states, culminating in his suspension last week by the California Horse Racing Board. According to a recent New
York Times report, O'Neill's horses also break down or show signs of injury at more than twice the national rate.
Gov. Cuomo cares about thoroughbreds—he recently took control of horse racing in his state, suspending the badly managed New York Racing Association and
forming a government board charged with reforming drug use and protecting the
health and safety of horses and jockeys. So PETA is urging Gov. Cuomo to follow
through on this goal by putting I'll Have Another on round-the-clock
surveillance in the five days before the Belmont to make sure that he won't be
doped up on any of the dangerous substances that O'Neill has used in the past.
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If the governor acts, it will be another in a series of significant measures that PETA has helped put in place for horses used in racing, so let's keep the
momentum going—speak up for horses today!
Written by PETA
Here's some good news: The thoroughbred racing rag The Blood-Horse reports that the TV ratings for last weekend's Belmont Stakes (the last "jewel" in the Triple Crown) were the lowest ever in the 50 years that ratings have been tracked. Apparently, Saturday-evening TV viewers have better things to do than watch a dozen horses get flogged for a mile and a half.
In a New York Times blog post the following day, Bennett Liebman, a member of the New York Racing Association's board of directors, opined on the many reasons for "the decline of horse racing," among which, he says, are corruption, drugs, and "the use of whips on horses and the catastrophic injuries we have seen in major races," all of which "have contributed to the public perception that horse racing is a cruel sport which has little concern for the health or the safety of the horse."
I think Liebman is on to something. Do you agree that horse racing is on its last (broken) legs?
Written by Alisa Mullins
It's a hazy day here on the Right Coast. As I watch leaves fall and steam rise from my soy mocha, the mood is set for a lazy (yet highly skilled) meander through gossip rags for fun stuff. Here are my faves:
Thanks for stopping by! Catch you next time, and don't forget to hug all your vegetarian friends.
Written by Missy Lane
As arguably tasteless as he may be, Triumph the Insult Dog from the Late Night With Conan O'Brien show made some excellent points in his coverage of the recent Belmont Stakes. As I've pointed out before with humor articles and videos, they often sneak in a few insightful points about whatever act or industry they've set in their crosshairs. In the few moments when he's not busy insulting virtually every attendee of the Belmont Stakes, Triumph does just that.
The horseracing industry is just another instance of the same mentality behind dogfighting (although Triumph may have said so less eloquently). The difference is that horses are raced and killed out in the open.
Besides a chuckle, what I took away from this video was a sense of how unimportant horseracing itself is to the Belmont Stakes. Most of what I saw was just noticeably intoxicated people standing in the hot sun, cracking wise and goofing off. I've enjoyed (and been) this very spectacle at every low-cost local beer garden or outdoor concert I've ever stumbled home from. I don't recall once stopping to think how desperately the event needed horses running in a giant loop to complete the experience.
To see Triumph in all his potty-mouthed glory, check out the video here:
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