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Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson Put to Sleep

Written by PETA | June 18, 2009


I’m sure that once her career was over, Shawn would have been sent off to Japan and ground up into dog food anyway.

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • mannie says:

    This is the craziest thing Ive ever heard

  • LAURIE says:

    your some sick parents thats something you do with your dog not your kid sick you need help

  • Mel says:

    Thank you for the article however this proves my case that Renee’s comment about “booster” shots in this case is incorrect. The items they were listing are common vitamins that you and I take daily read a OneADay or Centrium bottle and you’ll see them. They are NOT steroids. That said they should know better to not use something illegal and dangerous to horses. I would expect a full investigation made because in this case it looks like it could be criminal. I personally will maintain that polo as a game itself is better for the horses than racing based on ground and such but that doesn’t mean that I support mistreatment of the animals.

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    mel You should check out this article on the polo horse tragedy httpwww.cbsnews.comstories20090423nationalmain4963989.shtml?tagcontentMaincontentBody.

  • mel says:

    I did research online regarding the polo match but have not found proof of the claim that these 21 horses died of “booster” shots before event. This includes the more liberal Sites I’ve found actually say that “State veterinarians were still performing necropsies but suspect the horses died from heart failure brought on by some sort of toxic reaction in their bodies. Possibly tainted feed vitamins or supplements. Maybe a combination of the three.” All sources I’ve found and none are Wiki sites say the same thing. Again I’m not saying this doesn’t happen or we wouldn’t see crackdowns on the case but I’d be careful to say that their deaths were from “booster” i.e. steroids etc. shots when we do not know at this time.

  • Mel says:

    Renee reading your response I have to question if you’ve been anywhere that horses have roamed. Horses get injured running wild or tame and have had to be put down because of it. Hard ground soft ground racing on the ranch whatever it’s a fact of life. Regarding barn burning to collect insurance that is an illegal act and fire departments can detect arson quite well now. “Booster” shots are also illegal however they do need to crack down on them more if they so choose to continue the racing industry. I would also like to see the source of where you got “20 polo horses dying in a day from.” Even so polo is not the same as horseracing. Different style of contest it’s more along the lines of running around in the field they play on grass and spurs are illegal which is good you can correct a horse’s direction without using more cruel means such as spurs and whips. As far as euthanasia I am interested to know if you have or had a pet. If so and the pet was injured or diagnosed with a fatal disease i.e. severe heartworms have you had to choose between doing all you can to save it’s life which does extend its suffering at times pending the injury or disease and still have to put it down. Or did you choose to put said animal to sleep knowing that you did the kindest thing for your pet? It’s something even I don’t like to think about but I would do what was more humane for the animal even there it’d be tough.

  • Renee says:

    Umm to those of you with the “euthanasia is kinder” spin the point would be ending the use of horses for racing since most of them go through undue lifelong stress and suffering and end up in a can of pet food or used as an insurance profit by barn burning. Without the racing the injuries would not be taking place that then make euthanasia the next stop. Without the racing there would be no “booster” shots before races like the ones in FL that killed over 20 polo horses in one day and no hormones pumped into these animals. This video is one of those rare moments when humor can w